Insider Write Back
Updated: May 7, 2003, 10:50 AM ETBy Jim Baker
Tuesday, I dismissed a proposed plan by the players' union to expand the playoffs as a misguided one. My mail ran slightly in favor of my position. Here are some responses from both camps:
- Please stay on this issue, Jim. For some reason
baseball thinks that in order to stay popular or gain
popularity it must copy other professional sports
leagues, which is absolutely ridiculous. Our only
hope is to create a fan backlash against this idea
that only dilutes the importance of the regular season
even further. Since baseball is such a marathon,
teams should be rewarded more for dominance over the
long term (162 games) than the short term, a playoffs
with so many series that each one brings us further
and further away from crowning the actual best team.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
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