2012 MLB Season Discussion: Off-Season

GioClark wrote:
KingGorilla wrote:

I think the press in Boston did not get the memo about crying in baseball.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/10/0...

He is basically saying the Yankees and Sox should play each other less, right?

The MLB schedule is gigantic. Should the schedule be teams play every team, in both leagues, on at least one series? The NHL just went to a schedule more like the MLB, teams used to play each team at least twice, in an 82 game season. Now divisional play is larger.

Should the MLB split into 4 divisions in each league, and do away with the wild card? Should it go back to 2 divisions, and 2 wild cards? I have also seen people propose 6 teams in a playoff, with a buy like for Football.

Who knows... Oh, and eff that writer.

Face it: We could move back to the non-playoff system where the team in each league with the most regular season wins played in the World Series and someone would still bitch about how it should be the top two teams in baseball. In which case, it'd be the Nats and Reds as of last week and no one would give a fu%k about baseball right now.

This sport is about consistency over the long haul and keeping your players healthy with some streaks and slumps for flavor. Does this guy understand that the drama in the MLB playoff race is creating reams of column inches and sound bites? Sold out games across the country and revved up fans buying gear and stirring up emotions and excitement around the sport? If Bud actually 'fixed' this, we'd be watching AAA scrubs in meaningless games for two weeks every year. At least this system is helping make every game count. (I'm personally irked that there's such a thing as a one-game playoff in a sport where no team has ever won more than 75% of their games. That's an actual problem. Best of 3 should be the standard, IMHO.) <-- See Mikey, I got an a**hole too!!

In any case: Lets! Go! Oak! Land!

/rant

FTFY

Yeah best of 3 should be a minimum for an actual playoff series. The play-in tiebreaker games are cool at just 1.

But to make the playoffs and not get a home game is really crappy for one of the wild card teams now.

They really need to think about dropping 4-8 games off the regular season and make the wild card playoff a 3-5 game series, and maybe get the World Series back in Oct instead of Nov.

Stele wrote:

Yeah best of 3 should be a minimum for an actual playoff series. The play-in tiebreaker games are cool at just 1.

But to make the playoffs and not get a home game is really crappy for one of the wild card teams now.

They really need to think about dropping 4-8 games off the regular season and make the wild card playoff a 3-5 game series, and maybe get the World Series back in Oct instead of Nov.

Just seems weird to me. In close years theres technically a play in game anyways... so instead they mandated it? doesn't seem fair in the NL this year. You play 162 games, prove your better then another team by a certain amount of games but still they get a 1 game shot at knocking you out? Sounds like when we were in grade school and the the bell was about to ring so you said 'next goal wins'.

I would feel shorted this year if I was Atlanta and they lost the 1 game 'playoff' vs a team 5+ games back from them.

The only thing good about the new wildcard play-in game (other than it getting the Redbirds into the playoffs), is that it actually restores some of the advantage to teams that have won their division.

The Wildcard teams will have to play what is essentially a game seven that will affect their rotation and burn up their bullpen. They will roll into the divisional series against a team with a more rested bullpen and rotations that are easier to set.

For this reason alone, I can really support the dual wildcard system as it is set-up right now.

Holy crap! Teddy Roosevelt won!

Jayhawker wrote:

The only thing good about the new wildcard play-in game (other than it getting the Redbirds into the playoffs), is that it actually restores some of the advantage to teams that have won their division.

That's the way I look at it as well. MLB managed to add two additional playoff teams while simultaneously increasing the value of winning the division. I think that's a pretty neat trick.

Holy crap. Teddy finally won the President's Race today.

for the first time, Teddy Roosevelt won the fourth-inning Presidents Race. Yes, after more than 500 attempts since the popular race debuted at RFK Stadium in the summer of 2006, the giant-headed mascot depicting the 26th President finally crossed the finish line first.

What a season for the Nats!

Rangers just pulled Dempster... A's were trailing 5-1, 5-3 in the bottom of the 4th now. 0 out 1st and 2nd. WE GOT A GAME!

Coco Crrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrisp

edit: that didn't just happen... LOL

Yes it did. I'm hoping the A's can hold the 3 run lead.

The Rangers look appropriately stunned.

Has there been a better story in sports, all year, other than what this team has done?

Billy Beane!

Ulairi wrote:

Has there been a better story in sports, all year, other than what this team has done?

RA Dickey.

I almost feel bad for the Rangers. Their still in the playoffs but going into it like this they must be absolutely crushed.

Tanglebones wrote:
Ulairi wrote:

Has there been a better story in sports, all year, other than what this team has done?

RA Dickey.

I'm rooting for his CY Young, which should be very year until the day he dies because he had to win for the Mets.

But, come on, Oakland? This is sooo romantic!

Tanglebones wrote:
Ulairi wrote:

Has there been a better story in sports, all year, other than what this team has done?

RA Dickey.

Beat me to it.

But these A's are amazing. It'll be interesting to see if the Rangers can bounce back from this.

B Dog wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:
Ulairi wrote:

Has there been a better story in sports, all year, other than what this team has done?

RA Dickey.

Beat me to it.

But these A's are amazing. It'll be interesting to see if the Rangers can bounce back from this.

East Coast Bias.

12-5 with 3 outs to go. Do it, Oakland!!!

Ulairi wrote:
B Dog wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:
Ulairi wrote:

Has there been a better story in sports, all year, other than what this team has done?

RA Dickey.

Beat me to it.

But these A's are amazing. It'll be interesting to see if the Rangers can bounce back from this.

East Coast Bias. :D

My butt

For reasons detailed on twitter

First triple crown in 45 years might top Oakland winning a divsion.

Since a lot of us are under age 45 especially, something not seen in our lives.

Tanglebones wrote:
Ulairi wrote:

Has there been a better story in sports, all year, other than what this team has done?

RA Dickey.

Chris Carpenter coming back after surgery ruled him out for the year. And he even had a rib removed!

Stele wrote:

First triple crown in 45 years might top Oakland winning a divsion.

Since a lot of us are under age 45 especially, something not seen in our lives.

What the A's have done is the best story in all sports franchises this year. I still think Dickey getting the CY Young is bigger than Cabrera. Trout should be the MVP.

Battle of the Bay world series! come on!

jowner wrote:

Battle of the Bay world series! come on!

Still calling a Texas-St. Louis series rematch, even from the wildcard. Still the best two teams in a series.

Jayhawker wrote:
jowner wrote:

Battle of the Bay world series! come on!

Still calling a Texas-St. Louis series rematch, even from the wildcard. Still the best two teams in a series.

The Rangers have been broken. they are done.

Oakland V Braves

Ulairi wrote:

Has there been a better story in sports, all year, other than what this team has done?

The Triple Crown is the biggest deal to me, and the Orioles are second. The A's are a winning franchise and have been for a long time. Them making the playoffs doesn't surprise me at all.

For reference, I'm 27. Since I've been born, the A's have made the playoffs 11 times. Very few teams can say the same. Not the Red Sox, certainly not my White Sox. The Cardinals, Braves, and Yankees are the only ones I know for sure. The Orioles? Twice. And haven't had a winning record since '97.

I don't blame you for being irrational in this, they're your team. But don't expect everyone else to think it's amazing.

Ulairi wrote:

What the A's have done is the best story in all sports franchises this year.

I'm not even sure it's more impressive than the Orioles this year, who went from last to first in a division. They had a worse record last year, and if they win tonight, will have the same record as Oakland.

I understand you're happy for your team, but come on, it's not exactly the most amazing thing ever that you're making it out to be.

Stele wrote:
Ulairi wrote:

What the A's have done is the best story in all sports franchises this year.

I'm not even sure it's more impressive than the Orioles this year, who went from last to first in a division. They had a worse record last year, and if they win tonight, will have the same record as Oakland.

I understand you're happy for your team, but come on, it's not exactly the most amazing thing ever that you're making it out to be. :D

Lowest payroll in baseball.

listen you guys are going to have to deal with irrational posts for the next few weeks.