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"My solution remains eliminating two teams, going back to four sevens and division winners only to the playoffs. The Division Series round, while producing some memorable moments, has chipped away at the importance of the regular season, denied us great pennant races, and has never truly found a broadcast home. While I don’t expect to win this argument, I’ll keep making it, because from where we are right now, making the playoffs more exclusive and shorter is far better than making them less exclusive and longer."