Wednesday, November 19, 2008

One game playoff? How about one day?!

Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff has an idea to shorten baseball's ever-expanding season... shorten the play-offs. Not a horrific idea at first glance; maybe he means do away with the excessive amount of travel days, or shorten the time between two series, right?


Wolff's idea is insane: Make the first round, the divisional series, a best of one. As in, winner take all. Hmmm...

I'm not so sure this is the best idea. People have actually been clamoring for a longer first round, making it best of seven like the League Championship series. And there are other ways to help the season end earlier, like shortening spring training.

But in these days of fan interaction, I've got a better to create excitement in baseball's post-season that'll rival college basketball's March Madness. Hear me out...

We've already taken any credibility out of the All-Star game by letting fans vote for the starters, so why not keep that going in October? Rather than play all 162 games, why not play just a couple months, for fun, and let the fans vote for the eight teams they want to see in the playoffs? And forget actually playing the games... B-O-R-I-N-G! The first round of the playoffs will be a home run derby! Each of the eight playoff teams will be represented by one player with the top two "teams" making the World Series. Yeah!

But of course, this will make the nine inning final showdown, the World Series itself, seem slow and anticlimactic. So we'll take a cue from 2008's series: a three inning game!

This level of excitement will put baseball back in to the undisputed role of America's Pastime. TV ratings will be sky high, and best of all, they could knock the entire post season out in one day! The season would finish by the time the hot summer months roll around and nobody likes going to games anyway.

Maybe Lew Wolff is on to something...

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