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Sorry, but I think that's a terrible idea. 

Are bye rounds really a good thing in baseball? I mean, obviously you can’t lose a bye round, but it seems like in baseball, taking breaks isn’t really a benefit.  Personally, I’m just looking fo

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I'm still looking forward to the first time a team loses a game while facing the minimum.

And it's actually been possible for the past couple years now to play an entire baseball game without throwing a pitch.

It is saving the sport, though. My son and his friends were dead set on playing football until they found out about the 3-batter rule.

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53 minutes ago, Angel Oracle said:

One bit of sadness:  the last bastion of truly earned post-season play has disappeared.

Outside of the NFL (12 teams), the major sports all now have 16 post-season teams.

Are the expanded playoffs permanent or just for this year?

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20 minutes ago, fan_since79 said:

With the Angels anything can happen. There are still 7 teams in the AL that won't make the postseason. If our pitching blows up we'll be one of those teams. Better hope our starters can do better than a 5+ ERA.

I think Maddon can motivate this team to at least get into the sweet sixteen.

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expanded playoffs not a bad idea but when the Commissioner was on ESPN - he said there were no bye rounds and everyone is in the mix round one which sounds like a three game series - and the division winners play the lower seed teams and those games are ALL home games for the division winners (although - no crowds so may not matter much).

oh well - I think its only for this season.

I don't mind more teams in the playoffs but prefer that the lower seeded teams with poorer records wade through an additional round which means the division winners and perhaps the second place team with the best record all get a bye round.  Otherwise sort of the 'Seattle' effect may occur (that references when Seattle won more games in team history 108 or something and up there in terms of overall wins for a season in MLB history - and then went out and either got swept or lost in five games in the first round of the playoffs to the lowest seeded team........ it happens - but you don't want your top team knocked out by a team with 20 fewer regular season wins in the FIRST ROUND.

 

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53 minutes ago, disarcina said:

no bye rounds

Are bye rounds really a good thing in baseball? I mean, obviously you can’t lose a bye round, but it seems like in baseball, taking breaks isn’t really a benefit. 

Personally, I’m just looking forward to the Yanks or Dogs losing two in a row in the first round and breaking every national journalist’s heart. It will be glorious. 

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10 hours ago, disarcina said:

expanded playoffs not a bad idea but when the Commissioner was on ESPN - he said there were no bye rounds and everyone is in the mix round one which sounds like a three game series - and the division winners play the lower seed teams and those games are ALL home games for the division winners (although - no crowds so may not matter much).

oh well - I think its only for this season.

I don't mind more teams in the playoffs but prefer that the lower seeded teams with poorer records wade through an additional round which means the division winners and perhaps the second place team with the best record all get a bye round.  Otherwise sort of the 'Seattle' effect may occur (that references when Seattle won more games in team history 108 or something and up there in terms of overall wins for a season in MLB history - and then went out and either got swept or lost in five games in the first round of the playoffs to the lowest seeded team........ it happens - but you don't want your top team knocked out by a team with 20 fewer regular season wins in the FIRST ROUND.

 

I don't really care for bye rounds.  The playoffs should be difficult, taxing and cause teams to play their best under a compressed time frame to stress their adaptability, depth and ability to rise to the moment.  Playoffs is about performing when it counts, not who "should" advance.  A top seed getting to play an inverse seed and home field advantage (minimal as that may be) seems like reward enough.  Not saying that I like this particular playoff scenario, I prefer all 7-game series, but the removal of a bye round advantage sits well with me.

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I actually think 12 is the right number for baseball, assuming they expand to 32.

I would really like to see 8 divisions of 4 teams, even though that would require some shuffling. Drop the Texas teams from the AL West, add an NL West team (Arizona).

Depending on where the two expansion teams end up, Nashville and Portland being my two preferences, with Tampa moving to Montreal. I'd switch Colorado, Arizona to the AL, and Tampa would go to the NL. Portland would join the NL West, and Colorado would join KC and the Texas teams in the New AL South, with the NL East would have the most upheaval, as three of it's teams would leave to form the new NL South, ATL, FLA, WAS, and adding expansion Nashville. The remaining NL East teams would be joined by Tampa/Montreal, and a team from the NL Central, likely Pittsburgh.

I like scaling back division play to 14 games, versus the 3 opponents, playing the other 12 teams in your league 6 times and playing all 16 teams in the other league 3 times each.

The extra rival games being eliminated, cuz with the realignment in my proposal, only LA, CHI, SF/OAK, NY, and maybe AZ/SD, POR/SEA, CLE/CIN, MON/TOR have an interleague rival. Who would Texas's RIval be? What about Atlanta? It's not that Clear. But playing 1/2 of each division at home and 1/2 on the road, is easy, especially since they can schedule visits when they're already traveling to that area to play the other teams. I'm also in support of reducing that by 12, playing your own interleague division every year for 3 games and one interleague division home and away on a rotating three year basis. 

Then when the playoffs start, you'd have two top division winners getting a bye for the three round series, the other two division winners playing the two wild cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19 hours ago, Pancake Bear said:

Are bye rounds really a good thing in baseball? I mean, obviously you can’t lose a bye round, but it seems like in baseball, taking breaks isn’t really a benefit. 

Personally, I’m just looking forward to the Yanks or Dogs losing two in a row in the first round and breaking every national journalist’s heart. It will be glorious. 

I would agree with the observation that 'taking breaks' isn't really a break so while you can't LOSE a bye round - it CAN hurt you.

 

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Today Joel Sherman wrote a column proposing that the top two seeds essentially get to start their best of 3 with a 1-0 lead. 
 

I actually liked that idea. I think there should be layers of benefit for each rung you climb on the 1-8 ladder, to encourage teams to play meaningful games all the way to the end. 
 

1-2 get the 1-0 bonus

3-4 play at home 

5-6 avoid the 0-1 penalty 

7-8 just get in

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16 minutes ago, Jeff Fletcher said:

Today Joel Sherman wrote a column proposing that the top two seeds essentially get to start their best of 3 with a 1-0 lead. 
 

I actually liked that idea. I think there should be layers of benefit for each rung you climb on the 1-8 ladder, to encourage teams to play meaningful games all the way to the end. 
 

1-2 get the 1-0 bonus

3-4 play at home 

5-6 avoid the 0-1 penalty 

7-8 just get in

Not crazy about it, tbh. Even in a 7 game series, 1 win is a gigantic advantage statistically. Seems like there should be better options on the drawing board. 

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7 hours ago, Jeff Fletcher said:

Today Joel Sherman wrote a column proposing that the top two seeds essentially get to start their best of 3 with a 1-0 lead. 
 

I actually liked that idea. I think there should be layers of benefit for each rung you climb on the 1-8 ladder, to encourage teams to play meaningful games all the way to the end. 
 

1-2 get the 1-0 bonus

3-4 play at home 

5-6 avoid the 0-1 penalty 

7-8 just get in

Sorry, but I think that's a terrible idea. 

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11 hours ago, Jeff Fletcher said:

Today Joel Sherman wrote a column proposing that the top two seeds essentially get to start their best of 3 with a 1-0 lead. 
 

I actually liked that idea. I think there should be layers of benefit for each rung you climb on the 1-8 ladder, to encourage teams to play meaningful games all the way to the end. 
 

1-2 get the 1-0 bonus

3-4 play at home 

5-6 avoid the 0-1 penalty 

7-8 just get in

I would prefer to have 1-2 host all 3 games, instead of being given the 1-0 bonus.   That just seems a little too quirky for me.

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With so many teams making the playoffs and there being so many potential playoff games I think they really missed a great opportunity to create an interesting playoff format, like a round robin, group stage or seeded double elimination bracket. 

Once again MLB went with the least creative option, which was simply letting more teams in.

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