Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
I hope that's not how they do it. 1st round of the NBA playoffs is usually a snooze-fest. The reason why I love baseball playoffs is because only really good teams make it to the playoffs. If they have to expand playoffs - they should follow the NFL system. 6 teams make the playoffs. Top two seeds get a BYE, and you play a 5 game series between the other 4 teams. Winners play the top two seeds in a 7 game series.
My ideal preference will be to just add 1 more wild card team. Have 5 teams make the playoffs. The bottom two teams fight it out in a 5 game series. The winner gets to play the top seed, and the no.2 seed takes on the no.3 seed in a 7 game series.
This way, you can keep the 162 game season, make it awfully hard for the wild-card teams to win it all and give a big edge to teams who have won their division. I'd hate a 8 team playoff system in each league. More than half the league shouldn't make the playoffs - average teams shouldn't be playing in playoffs - they belong in the regular season.
dunno if BYEs would work in baseball...yes rest is good after a grueling 6-month season, but rust can also factor in and a team that is still sharp after playing an opening playoff series might have the advantage (how many times have we seen a wild-card team that gets hot in Aug/Sept go on to win it all the past decade, upsetting teams with best records?) A 5 or 7 game series can last a week at least if if goes the distance, and it might be a disadvantage to a high-seed team to just sit idly by at the beginning of the playoffs. 6 playoff teams per league is probably ideal, but after the first round, you'll have 3 teams = odd number, one team will have no opponent. that why i say 8 teams, but handicap the lower seeds (5-8) by not giving them homefield advantage (only get 2 homegames in a 5-game series and middle 3 games in a 7-game series)
Originally posted by valrod33:
I think the Astros moving to the AL made the most sense.
Nahh...Brewers are the NL team that sticks out the most like a sore thumb to me as an NL team that's outta place if only for the sole reason that the Brewers originally started out as an AL team (Arizona, Florida and Colorado are close behind as iffy to me, but they were from the outset NL teams, same goes for the older "modern era" NL teams the Padres and Expos/Nats).
Basically, to me any team that was founded before the modern divisional era began (1969) should be sacrosanct and NOT switch leagues. Houston, founded in 1962 (renamed the Astros in 1965, they were the "Colt .45s" originally) IMO, fall into that "grandfathered" teams bracket, even though their club success hasn't been stellar (one World Series appearance).
The Brewers on the other hand, started of as an AL team (Seattle Pilots) in 1969, moved to Milwaukee in 1970, and played as an AL team for OVER A QUARTER CENTURY til 1998 (when the expansion to 30 teams, after the Dbacks and DRays joined, forced an unbalanced realignment of the AL and NL into respectively, 16 and 14 teams and the Brewers were chosen to swap over to the NL). I already mentioned the reason for having an unbalanced number of teams for each league (scheduling matchup reasons, especially for the non-Interleague period of the year; 15 teams each = one team w/ no opponent). I still think the past ties to the Selig family (former co-owners) has given the Brewers a favored-team label which is why they're not being asked to move back to the AL. The new politics of baseball I suppose supercedes any regard for historicity.