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Time to Change The MLB Playoffs

It is time to really reconsider how the playoffs are done in baseball. The season is 162 games long but we don't have enough time to have a 7 game series in the first round? That just doesn't make any sense to me. I don't believe the outcomes would have changed in any of the 2008 playoffs series but with the way baseball is built you shouldn't have just a 5 game series. It allows the "worst" team a much better chance of winning then if you force them to play in a 7 game set.

There are a couple of other things I would like to see changed as well. I would like to see the wild card team penalized for not winning their division. I think if they have a 5 game series they should receive only one game at home. If there is a 7 game series, in my plan, then they should only receive 2 games at home.

I would like to also see an extra wild card team added and the 4th and 5th seeds would have to have a one game playoff to decide who advances to the NLDS. That accomplishes two things. First it forces a team to burn off their best pitcher before Game 1 of the NLDS which is another penalty for not winning their division. It also is exciting. The past two seasons we have had one game playoffs and they have been a blast. I would love to see that excitement on a regular basis.

The other thing that needs to change in the playoffs is the champagne celebrations after winning a LDS playoff series. I understand the celebration after winning the World Series. I also understand the celebration after winning the division. To a lesser extent I will accept the celebration after winning the LCS. But celebrating wildly after winning the first roung of the playoffs is stupid.

How dumb would the Rams look if they were dumping champagne on each other after they won a Wild Card game? How dumb would the Blues look if they were puring beer over each others heads if they won the Western Conference Quarterfinals series? Pretty stupid. So why in the world do these teams celebrate winning a best of 5 series which earns the team nothing more than the right to stay alive to win the World Series?

Of course at this point in St. Louis sports I would probably dump beer over myself if I thought the Rams or Blues would be lucky enough to get in the playoffs this season.

Tim Klutsarits
KMOV Sports

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