The decline of excellence in Major League Baseball

I see all of the Division Series have gone to five games, which means I’m still waiting for the Yankees to wrap up the Orioles. Besides my complaint about the Yankees having to open the series in Baltimore, I would like to renew my gripe about “wild card” teams in general. Until last year, the division winner was exempt from having to play a wild card team from its own division in the first series. In the new playoff system, with two wild card teams, the winner of their one-game playoff could be the same team the division winner just disposed of. The Yankees spent the whole season fending off Baltimore; they shouldn’t have to do it again in the first round of the playoffs, if at all. Otherwise, what’s the point? Where’s the reward for coming in first? It amounts to an undeserved second chance for the second-place team and an undeserved obstacle for the first place team.

On another note, the Giants’ and Tigers’ victories means that we’re a little closer to a Pablo Sandoval versus Prince Fielder fat-off in the World Series. I’m eager to see these two butterballs competing at the highest level while stretching the definition of “athlete” to include “any obese slob with exceptional hand-eye coordination.” I tuned in to a Giants game last month to watch Sandoval get thrown out by about three feet trying to steal second base. Why did he even bother trying? Was it an exercise in pretending to be a complete ballplayer? I know the prevailing wisdom is “so what if he’s fat as long as he can hit” (see all of my other baseball posts about prevailing wisdom), but imagine what kind of players they would be if they took care of themselves.

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