For MLB, Expansion Is Imminent

Posted: 2nd October 2009 by Evan Bruschini in MLB
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Recently, several sportswritersùmost notably ESPN's Peter Gammonsùhave suggested an expansion of the Major League Baseball playoffs to resemble the NFL by adding two wild cards to each league. But if we're going to install a Wild Card for each division winner, we'd be taking away the competition of divisions, as there'd be a good chance a team could make the playoffs by finishing in second or even third place. Or imagine the extreme scenario, where a fourth place team makes the playoffs. The only way to have a playoff alignment like the NFL does is to have a divisional alignment like the NFL's. Expansion is the easiest way to make this possible. The last time that MLB expanded was in 1998, by adding the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona experienced early ...

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