Major League Baseball finally announced that they will be expanding their playoff format to include a second Wild Card team this season. A total of ten teams will now make the postseason, with two wild cards facing off in a one-game playoff. The three division winners are technically rewarded by not having to participate in this initial one-game round. It could mean that a third place team in a division can make the postseason.
It’s encouraging news for Tribe fans, with the Tigers dropping a bomb on the Central Division and the Dolans this offseason and continuing to increase payroll with the Prince Fielder acquisition. The Indians were already up against it competing in the AL, which is loaded with major market spending teams in New York, Boston, Anaheim, and Chicago.
As baseball fans, will you be satisfied if your team is one of the Wild Cards, and makes the “playoffs” for only that one game? Is that a successful season? Not in these eyes.