Mar. 2, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler throws his glove in the air attempting to stop an overthrown ball during an intrasquad game on the practice fields at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
So, the big news of yesterday in MLB was that there will be a second Wild Card team added for 2012. And Scott Lucas has a post showing how the Law of Unintended Consequences could end up making MLB's second Wild Card system look bad this October.
I can't get real passionate about this one way or the other. It may be that I grew up rooting for a team that never seemed to have a shot at the playoffs...I didn't see my favorite team make the playoffs until I was 25 years old. As a kid, I would have been fired up about the idea of more teams getting in, because it would have meant the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs would have gone from "snowball's chance in hell" to "remote." And the grown-up me has a hard time shaking that sort of ingrained mindset.
Adding a fifth team reduces the likelihood of the best team making the World Series, and that's a bad thing. But if you wanted to do that, you'd eliminate divisions, have two fifteen team leagues, and have one round of playoffs -- the World Series -- just like there was before 1969. I don't want to do that, either. Having five teams make the playoffs in a fifteen team league, when two of those five are basically playing a playoff game, doesn't offend me.
I'm sure if the Rangers gets screwed under this sort of scenario, though, I'll decide I hate it.
Mike Olt is getting some time at first base, but not much...Olt says it is about 90% third base this spring, 10% first base.