I mentioned last week that Major League Baseball had a couple of major changes on the way, and spent some time discussing the Astros’ move to the American League. I also mentioned that there was another change that I wanted to talk about this week.

It has been decided that a second Wild Card team will be added to the playoffs. The two teams with the best non-division-winning record will face each other in a one-game playoff. This is a change that I don’t really like.

My biggest reason: September 28, 2011. On that day, neither league had its Wild Card team nailed down. Both the Cardinals-Braves and Rays-Red Sox were tied. The Cardinals easily took care of the Astros with Chris Carpenter pitching a 2-hit gem of a shutout. But later on in the evening, the Phillies came back to tie the Braves late in the game and then win in extra innings. Not long after the Phillies pulled out their win, the Red Sox blew a lead in the 9th inning to lose to the Orioles, and the Rays, just three minutes after the Red Sox lost, completed a win over the Yankees in which they trailed 7-0 going into the bottom of the 8th.

It was the single most incredible day of baseball in history. And it was just a preview of what the playoffs would look like in what was one of the best postseasons since going to the Wild Card format in 1995. But, if there were two Wild Card teams, it would have just been another uneventful final day of the season.

Now, I’m not saying that there won’t be this kind of drama with the introduction of a second Wild Card, but it’s been quite some time since three teams had a chance to make the playoffs on the last day of the season.

On the flip side, it might make the playoffs more interesting by adding the drama of a one-game round. But at what cost? It seems like it’s more of a punishment for the Wild Card. Sure, you want to reward the division winners, but don’t you already do that with home field advantage?

I’m willing to see how it plays out, but initially at least, I’m not a fan of this change.

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