Despite my love for the game, there are several things that genuinely bother me about the current rules in Major League Baseball. I’ve never compiled a list of these grievances, but I’m pretty sure that this upcoming decision will eliminate one gripe that belongs in my top-five.
No more flip decisions.Rather than heads or tails, baseball general managers plan to recommend that sites for division and wild-card tiebreakers be decided by wins and losses.
Amazing, isn’t it? The fact that such an inane rule existed to begin with is incredible. Regardless of the extent to which you believe in home field advantage, I don’t think that anyone denies that there is at least some advantage. And to have an edge awarded to one side by the flip of a coin is a disservice.
Now, head-to-head records probably aren’t the best way to go about it either because the results of the 18 regular season games against your divisional opponent, or even worse, the 6-9 games against a team in another division, isn’t enough to determine who’s better. If I had my way (and god knows I don’t), home field will be decided by run differentials. But hey, one step at a time, right? At least the head-to-head records are determined by what happens on the field instead of inside an office at the MLB headquarters here in New York.
Now if they can just eliminate saves and quality starts…