Buster Olney Shares His Thoughts with TSWD
an exclusive interview a tweet with Talkin Sox With Dan, ESPN’s Buster Olney shared his thoughts concerning the biggest flaw with Major League Baseball’s new playoff system.
I haven’t been on Twitter that long, but so far, I like it. Right now, I only follow a handful of friends, national reporters, and some local beat guys for the Sox. It at least gives you the opportunity to interact with people, like Buster, whom you would never normally get the chance to meet. At the same time, I’ve tweeted to Buster on several occasions and never received a response. It’s safe to say that there is less traffic on his Twitter feed at 6:30 in the morning on a Saturday. But hey, I’ll take a response any way I can get it.
So here is the transcript of my in-depth conversation with Buster.
Riveting. I know.
But Buster hits on an important issue regarding the new playoff format. As you probably now by now, there will be a Wild Card team added to each league. In other words, the Yankees, Rays, and Red Sox could all conceivably get in the tournament in 2012. The two Wild Card winners will face off in a one game playoff. After the Wild Card round, the Division Series will adopt a 2-3 format, which is curious to say the least. Since the late 90’s, MLB has used the common 2-2-1 format. The team with the better record will now open the Division Series on the road. In both formats, the team with the higher seed hosts Game 5, if necessary. However, I would think that the team with the lower seed, if given the option, would rather have the first two games in their house rather than games three and four. Therefore, it is a disadvantage to the team with the higher seed.
As Buster points out in his tweet, the 2-3 format is temporary. It is in place this year to avoid scheduling conflicts. In 2013, Major League Baseball will revert back to the 2-2-1 format.
I am a fan of the new playoff system. It adds intrigue and places a ton of pressure on teams to win their respective divisions. No one wants to play a one game playoff. However, it is fair to question why Major League Baseball did not wait a year to introduce the new system.