Monday, June 17, 2024

Newsletter Excerpt, June 17, 2024 -- "Mailbag"


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Do you think it's really, really good for MLB that they have so many wild cards to keep everyone interested when division leaders have such terrific records/leads so early? Plenty of time for most teams to get hot and get themselves a shot.

--Tom E.

The expanded playoffs are designed to keep mediocre teams in the race and theoretically keep their fans invested longer. I don’t really enjoy watching .480 baseball teams, and I have argued many times that if you just analyze the games played by wild-card contenders in September, they do not seem to move attendance at all. My personal preference would be for a maximally meaningful regular season feeding into a shorter, smaller postseason.