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I think people are getting it wrong. Sure, having a postseason tournament militates against the best team winning. But baseball just isn't important enough to make a fuss. There's only one sport whose towering significance requires that the best team as far as it can be determined, win the championship without a playoff.
The worst part of the modern postseason is how it's rendered seasons like the Nationals' an afterthought. Why was that fanbase subjected to a home Game 5 that far removed from the World Series against an obviously inferior team that left their fanbase disappointed, if not embittered?
As I pointed out directly above, it isn't like such a setup is unworkable in modern sports, there are probably more professional sports leagues in the world who do it that way than not. Ironically enough, the English league is set up that way because it modeled its league structure and scheduling after professional baseball.
With the number of complaints about the Yankees' late-90s dominance of baseball, imagine how much complaining would have been done had they won 12 out of 20 World Series since 1992, rather than (double-checks) 5? And if 27 out of 30 MLB teams had combined to win only two World Series in 20 years?
I was invited to follow a bewildering set of four concurrent playoff series
The fact that they won in '10 and '12, and not '02 or '03 is randomness.
Question 1 for Giants fans and non-fans of an analytical bent - do you think the pitching of the 2010 and 2012 SF editions was better overall than the 2002 and 2003 teams? I remember watching that 2002 WS against the Angels and, even with the Giants having a 3-2 lead in games and a 5-0 lead in the 7th inning of Game 6, I wasn't all that surprised when the pitching imploded and gave up 6 runs to let the Angels up off the mat.
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