Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Baseball has its issues, but playoffs aren't among them
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson, left, celebrates with teammates after the Braves clinched the NL East title Sunday. (AP Photo/David Banks, Pool)
Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson, left, celebrates with teammates after the Braves clinched the NL East title Sunday. (AP Photo/David Banks, Pool)
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The Major League Baseball has less than a week remaining in its regular season. Then the playoffs start, and in my mind, baseball has maybe the best playoff systems in sports.

Maybe major college football could look at something similar one day.

Baseball allows only 10 of its 30 teams to play in postseason, which is a reasonable number. That’s only 30 percent. The NFL, which is the nation’s most popular sports league today by far, has 12 of 32, which is 37.5, while the NBA and NHL each allow 16 of 30 teams advance, which is more than half.

I like the wild card in baseball. I like making two teams who didn’t win their division face off and play a game. They wear out one of their starting pitchers, which gives an advantage to the division winner they play next, which is as it should be. Teams that win the division deserve a break more significant than home-field advantage.

The NFL has eight division winners, but only four get a bye through the first round. That’s not exactly fair to the four division winners who have to play in the first round.

Baseball isn’t perfect. People who don’t enjoy the professional game say it moves too slowly, and the financial structure doesn’t allow some franchises to be competitive often. But the playoffs are good, so there’s that.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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