erik lundegaard


Wednesday January 19, 2022


Reading Joey Poz on the first round of the dopey new NFL playoff system, he began by talking about upcoming changes to Major League Baseball, and it sent shivers down my spine:

OK, so as you probably know, when baseball returns — whenever that happens to be — there will be more teams making the playoffs. The specifics are still up in the air, nobody has agreed on anything, but it looks like 14 MLB teams will start making the playoffs beginning in 2022. That's 14 out of 30. That's almost 50%. ...

I long ago stopped fighting the baseball playoff fight because it's clear that I'm just not in the same place as most baseball fans. American sports fans, in general, love playoffs. And I get that. Hey, I love October baseball as much as anybody.

It's just that, I love regular-season baseball even more, and the more teams that make the playoffs, the less that baseball from April through September means. I can't for the life of me make sense of playing 162 games basically to eliminate the Pirates, Orioles, Diamondbacks and Marlins. 

I'm with Joe. It's ridiculous to play a 162-game season to eliminate only half the teams. One third of the teams—our current system—is bad enough. But half? And I'm saying this as a Mariners fan whose team hasn't made the postseason in 20 years. But I wouldn't want them to do it cheap. I certainly wouldn't want to pay for playoff tickets for a team that shouldn't even be there. We get in cheap and pay expensive. 

Can you imagine a team with a losing record winning the pennant? Or the World Series? 

But the greedy fucks who run things don't listen to us. I'm getting sick of it. If they did this, expanded to 14 teams, would I lose interest in the game? I might. Between all the strikeouts and homeruns, between the steroid scandals and spider-tack scandals, my interest is already waning.

Posted at 11:14 AM on Wednesday January 19, 2022 in category Baseball