As Larry Yellen Glasgow once said…“Baseball mediocrity would always win by force of stats, but it would win only more mediocrity.”
Lost amid the defibrillation of Philadelphia and Milwaukee’s seasons, and their ascent to nascent wild-card contention, is a sobering reality about this new playoff format: It begs for, and rewards, mediocrity.
It is the middle of September, and baseball is celebrating a pair of teams that have clawed their way back to around .500. Their refusal to fold is laudable, certainly, and their re-admittance to the wild-card shuffle should invigorate fan bases that were ruing September. And that’s about the only positive thing baseball gets from this watered-down race that rewards the pedestrian and manufactures and force-feeds drama where it need not be.
...Baseball’s playoffs used to serve top-shelf quality. Now they want us to guzzle the well stuff and act like it’s the same. The sport preys on fans’ ability to work themselves into a frenzy at a sniff of the postseason because it’s a crapshoot, because a team like the 83-78 Cardinals of 2006 can nonetheless win a championship, because of this contrived idea that a greater number of competitors equals greater competition. It doesn’t. Don’t mistake quantity for quality.
The number of deeply flawed and disappointing teams nonetheless in the playoff hunt is disheartening. Contention and bad baseball are not supposed to mix in September, and yet a team like the…
Posted: September 17, 2012 at 05:17 AM | 28 comment(s)
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