MLB: Would Removing the Divisions Make a Difference?

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MLB: Would Removing the Divisions Make a Difference?
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Labor talks are heating up again in Major League Baseball, and one of the more intriguing topics is the idea of completely removing the divisions in each league and going to a one-division format.

Proponents of this arrangement state that, by removing the divisions, the top regular-season records are guaranteed to go to the playoffs.  There is also a belief that parity will increase, as there will no longer be three guaranteed spots going to regional division winners.

But will this actually be the case?  Here is a year-by-year look at what would have happened in the wild-card era had there been no divisions, but still four playoff berths per league.

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