It couldn't have come at a better time. Major League Baseball is finally getting a postseason makeover. In addition, the American League will gain one team, while the National League will lose one.
For anyone who read my article on the effects of the Houston Astros possibly moving to the American League and doubted me, it's time to eat some humble pie. Yes, I was right about two things, so far.
The first thing I was right about was the move of the Astros to the American League. I knew that Major League Baseball, particularly Commissioner Bud Selig, was hoping to get a deal in place with prospective buyer Jim Crane.
Selig's ultimatum was that in order for Crane to buy the team, he had to move it from the National League Central to the American League West. Crane had no choice. Once a deal was hammered out, the announcement was made.
I said that this would have a ripple effect in Major League Baseball as changes would be made. Although some changes have yet to come true, I was right about two things.
Aside from the realignment. I was right that Major League Baseball was going to expand the postseason. Owners agreed today to add one wild card team in each league in order to expand the postseason by one game. I knew that Selig had been lobbying for this for a while, and in this case, I was correct about the number of wild card teams doubling.
I was also right about the Wild Card Series. Selig announced that the postseason expansion would necessitate a one-game playoff between the two wild card teams. Although the postseason structure outside of the Wild Card Series has yet to change, I was right.
However, this is only a small victory. In order for me to say I was completely right, some things will still have to change. For one, there will have to be the addition of two expansion teams. With these two expansion teams, the divisions will also have to change. Yet another: While the postseason schedule will change, the regular season schedule will have to change as well.
Another thing: I mentioned a bigger fan base. What I should say is there will be renewed fan interest with the final wild card spot up for grabs. It makes sense as more fans of the team with the second best wild card record will come to watch the team try and either stay on top, or fight its way to the playoffs.
Nonetheless, I am proud to say that I finally predicted something correctly, and I hope that Major League Baseball continues to make changes to their structure.
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