Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
February 3, 2003
BASEBALL: Reaching The Limits

I could not agree more with David Pinto that reducing the size of divisions is far superior to adding more wild cards to the playoffs. But I would also caution that the baseball playoffs are already about as long and unpredictable as they can get. Adding another round would devalue the regular season even if it didn't involve wild cards.

More playoffs also means more stress on pitchers' arms and shorter careers for pitchers on good teams.

From the statistical-analytical perspective, of course, more playoffs also means that more of a player's career - especially for pitchers if they get rested more in anticipation of a long October/November -- occurs in the postseason, in conditions that are hard to compare between players. That makes the job of evaluating players fairly much harder.

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