Why MLB's greed-driven playoff plan is doomed to fail fans


It is clear that MLB is still under the spell of the absurd Greek goddess. As the seductive twin sister of Ponzious, she controls the fate of mortals who are blinded by greed and who are looking for solutions by making evil worse.

This latest post-season scheme, as revealed by The Post's Joel Sherman (and no doubt "endorsed" by ESPN), is another desperate MLB transparency:

Try to maintain maximum TV revenue through continued erosion of standards. Try to stop bleeding from self-inflicted wounds, which has resulted in reduced TV viewing due to previous, poorly advised artificial additives.

These suggested additives include the wheel of fortune opponent's choice, which is likely to appear on an exclusive auction TV show like LeBron James & # 39; Choice of His Next Team.

To resist this 14-member team, TV money gimmick is not an old-fashioned traditionalist, but a modern realist.

Baseball is not soccer, not basketball. The worst teams in MLB can, have and will beat the best teams in two, three and four games of the regular season. This has happened every season since the Dead Sea was just sick.

Remember that the Cardinals 2006 won the World Series with the 14th best record in the regular season. In 2011, the cards won the series with the ninth best record.

In 2011, the Phillies were the best baseball players at 102-60 – a team record for victories – after losing an opening series of five games against the cards.

Now MLB apparently wants more artificial stimulants like steroids, stolen signals and barely hit baseball balls, which only descend suspiciously when they are discovered by air traffic controllers.

Let's now play 162 games in the regular season per team, a total of 2,430, to reduce it to 14 teams.

There are no off-season mismatches. No bigger baseball expert and fortune teller than Mike Francesa snorted and puffed before the 2006 Tigers-Yankees playoff series to come to the following conclusion:

"I'm telling you this is the easiest first round opponent the Americans had in the Joe Torre era. You couldn't have a duck in front of you on one leg, worse than this tiger team."

The one-legged Detroit Ducks won the best of five out of four. Then he swept the A in four before losing to the cards in the series.

Regardless, MLB is prepared to create more "excitement" and "must-see" television in the late season and after the season by further lowering standards for participation in the World Series. The end of his games is actually too late for more than half of the population to see.

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(You haven't seen the end of all these Red Sox Yankees games late Sunday night? Who cares? The ESPN checks have been cashed.)

And those who can't help but see through this nonsense risk ridicule as "purists" because they still assume that the World Series should require that the best of the season play the best of the season, or at least somewhat logically close.

If you look at the significant changes to MLB in the Bud Selig and now Rob Manfred era, it's hard to find one that benefits sport rather than the teams' bottom line – at the expense of The Game and its fans ,

Hall of Famer Selig, in the first tacit confederation with the MLBPA, allowed players to be so attacked by record-breaking drug-sworn thugs that they were dragged before Congress to swear the truth through inability to remember or to evade in the case of Sammy Sosa forget that he could speak English.

The interleague game introduced by Selig as a "gift to the fans" was a disadvantage. It was a gift to the team owners who immediately raised ticket prices for interleague games in the same region.

Under Manfred, games have become endless by adding challenges with repetition rules that are mostly used as never intended, wanted or used. Then there are the new home runs or strikeouts epidemics that have resulted in broken records yawning in both categories, often referred to as "analytics".

The games are also seldom used by managers who stick to stupid scripts that require expensive starters to make their millions if they are pulled after five or six innings, often for no good reason.

Next, these starters are replaced with reliefs that are drawn after at most one inning effective pitching until a manager chooses the pitcher to lose the game. For better or worse – often with replacement in the season – these are called "closers".

Three hours, 45 minutes, 23 strikes, nine goals, 13 jugs. And two and three hour weather delays are no longer uncommon. Thank you. Come back!

Now there is a team scandal like the still unraveled world champion Astros. They were brought to parking spaces as they were forwarded by the internal video espionage.

It's not that this new playoff plan lacks foresight, such as the completely unintentional use of replay. It's more about not caring about what happens to The Game in return for short-term TV money to further promote the diminished condition of a sport that is rotting inside out.

But Manfred wants children to act like imaginary creeps – pose and turn their bats – instead of running first. That and the automatic deliberate passport and postseason with 14 teams are the way to heal baseball.

MSG goes all-in on the pan camera

People on TV still think we're better than them. We can observe two things at the same time. But we can't do more than her!

During the Rangers Sabers last Friday, MSG found the game live and focused on Artemi Panarin, the Rangers' top scorer. MSG shared the screen for his "Panarin Spotlight Cam" when it was on ice and even when it wasn't.

The impossible crashed early when MSG parted the screen and showed Panarin with one leg over the boards as he prepared to take the ice. Depending on your choice, you saw a live shot of Panarin as Buffalo scored the first goal of the game, or a suddenly squeezed field view of the goal.

Artemi Panarin
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"What a move [Zemgus] Girgensons! "Exclaimed Sam Rosen, fortunately seeing the gate instead of watching Panarin see it hit.

MSG remained fearless on course. Later in the first, Panarin, again in the split-screen spotlight, took the puck alone – suddenly he was on his stick! – Then it went forward.

How did the puck get there? For the answer, you had to watch the other side of the shrunk screen.

A great price increase

After saying "See Me!" To my math regent I will commission mathematician / reader Andy von Matawan to do this. This is evident from Fox's Super Bowl graphic, where tickets have increased from $ 15 to $ 2,500 over the past 50 years:

"How? An increase of 10.8 percent per year that totaled over 50 years. If you ever hear of jobs with an annual increase of 10.8 percent, please let me know before adding them to your column . "

Yes, why should the Wilpons be the only ones who make all the incredibly good offers?