Live from the Wilson Building, seat of District government, comes this proposal to fix the Major League Baseball playoffs. Bud Selig, of course, recently said he'd like to make it more difficult for wild-card teams to advance to the World Series, which seems to be an annual occurrence. David Grosso, a staffer for D.C. Council member Sharon Ambrose, submits this proposal, which was co-authored by Donald Kaufman, after lengthy discussions. They'd like your thoughts. They write:
Bud Selig does not have a reputation for good judgment, but he is correct about one matter: the path of the wild card to the World Series is too easy. Baseball should eliminate the wild card and enhance the integrity of the 162-game regular season. Here is our plan:
Split the regular season into two 81-game segments. The winner of each half-season segment in a division would advance to a best 2-of-3 game division playoff to be played over three consecutive days. The division playoff winner with the best regular season record would receive a bye to the league championship series, and the remaining teams would play a best 3-of-5 game division playoff over the next five consecutive days. The remainder of the playoffs would proceed under the current format.
What if one team in a division wins both 81-game segments? That team would receive a bye to the league championship series. Moreover, as a further reward for being the only team to win both 81-game segments, the team with the bye would play all of the league championship games at home after the other four teams complete their 8-day playoff.
If two teams win both 81-game segments, the team with the best regular season record would receive a bye to the league championship series. The other team would receive a bye to the 5-game series and would play all 5 games at home.
Our plan would bring all teams back into contention at mid-season and provide an incentive for teams to have the best overall season record not only against the rest of their division, but against the rest of their league. Second best in a division race will no longer be good enough.
Bud, while you're at it, it's time to move the World Series out of late October football weather. Move the World Series to a warm climate for a week-long Super Bowl-style celebration and extravaganza.