Business Insider's Nicholas Carlson recently released an article about eight simple ways to save baseball from...well, something. I don't know. Maybe he's being ironic. Maybe it's opposite day, and I happened to miss the memo. Either way, his ideas are pretty bad. They come off as inane, contrived, and poorly thought out. Never fear, I'm here to break it down.
1. MLB needs EPL-style relegation.
For those who don't know, EPL stands for English Premier League. Basically, Carlson believes it would be a great idea to penalize the three or four worst teams every season by demoting them to some sort of lower level league made up of independent minor league teams. This is just a terrible idea. First of all, in order to make this work you would need to either (a) demolish the minor league affiliate system, which would force Major League Baseball to completely revamp the process for building, developing, and acquiring young players, or (b) create an independent minor league system that would compete with the current affiliate system, thereby causing there to be two different minor league teams in the same city. Most minor league cities have trouble drawing enough fans to one team. Having two teams in the same city is just stupid unless it's New York, L.A., or Chicago. There are many other logistical problems, but if I write about all of them now, I'll never get to the other seven ideas.
2. The World Series should be the only playoff series.
This is a really nice thought, but it's completely unreasonable. The great thing about the current system is that the Wild Card creates excitement. More teams are involved in the playoff hunt later into the season. By only allowing the teams with the best record in their respective leagues into the playoffs, you'd effectively be ending 10-12 teams seasons by July 1st, with another 10-12 being over by August 15th. While it would certainly put greater importance on the regular season, this idea effectively keeps people from coming to the ballpark or tuning into the game on a team's regional network. It's a league and team revenue killer. Who wants to watch a team that has no chance of making the playoffs half way through the season?