I’ve long been a proponent of seeding playoffs by overall record, and not by division winners. In fact, I wouldn’t mind moving to a balanced schedule and getting rid of divisions entirely, but I suppose divisions have more to do with travel logistics and artificial rivalries than anything else these days.
This brings us to an Interesting article over at sporting news today where they discuss a recent change the NBA has made, and one I think may just catch on.
Instead of the winners of each division getting the top four seeds in next year’s playoffs, the basketball playoffs will be seeded by overall record.
That change was unanimously approved by the NBA’s board of governors on Tuesday.
What does this mean for MLB? Well, if the season ended today, the playoff seeding would be as follows:
- Cardinals (87-51), 2) Dodgers (80-58), 3) Mets (77-61), 4) Pirates, (82-55), 5) Cubs, (80-57)
This would mean the Pirates and Cubs would play to determine who would face the Cardinals. Meanwhile the Mets who probably should be in the play-in game would have a few days to go hit the beaches in LA.
Meanwhile, the Pirates with the second best record in the league would be facing a 1 game playoff and potentially out of the playoffs completely. All because they happen to be in a good division.
Baseball has always been a game that’s been resistant to change, and at one time divisions made sense. That time has passed, and it’s time for baseball to look toward the future. It just makes too much damn sense.