What would SportsNation put in the quote bubble above for MLB commissioner Bud Selig's ears? Here is a sampling of both pro and con responses.
SN VOICES FOR CHANGE
shaneomatic69: "MLB is probably tired of hearing teams that finish 20 games over .500 complain about missing the playoffs when other teams win their division with the only winning record. Who cares one more game won't hurt anything. Go Reds!"
Awede401 "How is it considered too easy for the WC teams? They DON'T get home field advantage and have to play the #1 seed in the divisional round!!! Meanwhile, the divisional winners do get home field advantage and usually get to avoid the #1 seed in the divisional round. I'm sick of people crying about the Wild Card. If you can't beat the #4 seed with home field advantage in a 5 to 7 game series then you don't deserve to advance! It's not like it is a 1 game playoff."
NYYankeeFanInMD: "Not too upset about this. I like the idea. Makes it more important to win the division and gives the wild card teams a true disadvantage which should be the case."
RudolphCory: "Smart move by MLB. Gives teams more emphasis on winning your division. The addition of a few more fan bases in the playoff races. One game playoffs are exciting. "
NugsAvsBroncosRockies: "Good move. I'm confused how anyone is so upset over adding 1 game before the playoffs, who cares? 99% of the time this will take place with a team that finished 1/2-1 game behind the wild card leader. Think braves vs. Rockies in 2009. Braves almost caught us, now think if they had a chance to take the wild card? Would of been exciting. I'm all for this."
SN VOICES AGAINST CHANGE
Afoah91: "I love more baseball but come on ... the 162 game season gives a team plenty of time to reach a playoff position. Baseball playoffs are meant for elite teams."
skullnrose: "This is such a stupid idea. What if there is a tie and they need and extra game for that? What about the team that has to use their best pitcher or pitchers to get into the (1) game playoff... then they get to start their number 3 or 4 starter. A one game playoff for tied teams is one thing ... this is completely different. The better record team could have it locked up early and be able to assure a number 1 starter for the "playoff". So unfair ... so stupid."
LDBurman: "I hate this idea. What if one wildcard team has multiple wins more than the other wildcard team? If I'm the 4-seed and I go 94-68 while the 5-seed goes 89-73 I don't want to have to play a team that I'm clearly better than in a 1 game playoff where everyone knows anything can happen. If I lose I view it as a mockery to the sport and say "I would have made it before."
rab0146: "I've always thought what separated baseball from other sports is that it was hard to get into the playoffs (only 8 spots). I mean you have to be top 4 in your league ... no one is sneaking in."
VancouverTurtlesDiveTeam: "What happens when there is a tie for the division?? The teams play a 1 game playoff then the loser plays another 1 game playoff?"