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Playoff Schedule Ideas


Ok, alot of people on here have been complaining about the way the playoffs have too much time between series and/or do not represent the regular season.  So in the spirit of a rant I have had in regards to a recent Hendry post, I decided, rather than simply complain about the post season schedule, lets discuss how it could be better.  There is some value here, does it really take 30 days to play at most 19 games and potentially as few as 11 games...this doesn't make sense.

 There have been thoughts thrown around about having floating start dates which I am not a huge fan of and the current schedule gives no real dis-advantage to the WC team. 

Here is my idea - a 3-3-5-7 playoff schedule.  include 4 Wild Card teams in the first round then the LDS, LCS and WS.  This plan would allow you to end every series (minus the WC series) on a weekend and keep it ending within October. Also my example is using this month for the timeline:

Tiebreaker Day: Oct 4th

Wild Card - Played Oct 5th, 6th 7th (or double-header on one of the days if more than one tiebreaker needed - home team determined by coin flip)

LDS - Oct 8th, 9th, 10th - 3 game series makes it exciting and starting the day after the WC series puts the WC team at a distinct disadvantage - more pressure to win your division

LCS - Oct 13th-17th - this would put the decisive games on Friday, Saturday or Sunday

WS - I have 2 ideas for the WS:


 ---- Idea #1 - Game 1 starting the 19th and double header on the 24th.  This way if it goes 6 games you have a monster day where the WS champ is guaranteed to be crowned. Games 1-2, 6-7 in the home of the best record from the regular season.

 ---- Idea #2 - Game 1 starting the 20th and double headers on the 23rd AND the 24th.  Guaranteed to have a winner crowned on a weekend where you would get alot of viewers.  Make it super tough to have a 2 man rotation win the WS and would truly crown the best team the champion.  Games 1,2 and 6,7 at the regular season champ's home.

This would put your off days on the 4th, 11th, 12th, 18th, and potentially the 19th.  At most you would have 4 days off between an LCS and the WS - nothing crazy (at least not the week they might have now) but enough to make the winner of the WS  have more than 2 starting pitchers, it also closely simulates the regular season whereby teams will play a long stretch of games with travel without off days.

I understand the double-headers in the WS put alot of stress on the players (especially if they travel the night before) but arent we supposed to see who the best team is, and wouldn't this schedule showcase that?

This is my idea, I like my idea, I keep it in a jar above the fridge, I would like more ideas, that is where you come in.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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