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Saturday, October 16, 2021

My Thoughts on the 2021 Giants vs. Dodgers Playoff Series

    First of all, I want to put out the disclaimer that I’m neither a San Francisco Giants nor Los Angeles Dodgers fan, so I don’t have a horse in this race. However, even though this series was very entertaining, I have a problem with the two best teams squaring off in the best-of-five League Division Series (LDS), and a have a major problem with the Dodgers being in the one-game wild-card playoff after winning 106 games during the regular season because they finished second in the division behind the Major League leading Giants, who won 107 games. What if the Dodgers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in that elimination game?

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    This was reminiscent of the 1993 San Francisco Giants, who won 103 games and came in second place in the division behind the Atlanta Braves, who won 104 games that year, and one wild card team from each league was added to the playoffs the following year because of this. Major League Baseball is faced with a similar situation here in 2021, and the solution is to place less weight on winning the division as all divisions aren’t created equal. The NBA did away with a division winner getting a top seed in the playoffs in the 2015-16 season as seeds are solely based on record alone, and the only thing that winning the division guarantees is garnering a playoff spot only. The same adjustment must be made in baseball to keep a level playing field, so to speak.

    I’m not taking anything away from the Atlanta Braves or Milwaukee Brewers this year, but I along with many other baseball enthusiasts wanted to see the two best teams in the league have a fair shot at playing in the National League Championship Series (NLCS). It’s good for the fans and better for baseball in my humble opinion.

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