Major League Baseball slides into September—is your favorite team still fighting for a spot in the postseason?
For fans of many Major League Baseball franchises, the answer is no. As of today, 16 of the 30 teams have virtually no playoff hope, and five others have a slim chance to sneak in.
There are essentially only nine teams fighting for the eight postseason berths.
In a recent column for Sports Illustrated, Frank Deford wrote about this issue and several other important problems with baseball.
He also proposed some radical solutions. As crazy as they may sound, they could go a long way toward improving the MLB season and keeping casual fans interested.
With that in mind, let’s explore some of baseball's problems and some of Frank's suggestions, and consider a plan that would make significant changes to the season and improve Major League Baseball.