MLB Wild Card: 5 Reasons Baseball Purists Hate the Move

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MLB Wild Card: 5 Reasons Baseball Purists Hate the Move
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The World Champion 2011 Cardinals: A Wild Card Team

For every 10 people who believe in forward progress, there is at least one who clings to the past, and with MLB’s new plan to add an extra wild card team to each league playoff race, baseball purists will be outraged once again.

Depending on whom you ask, Bud Selig is either a saint for doubling the number of annual playoff teams from four to the current eight, or a disgrace for supporting the designated hitter in the American League or allowing the All-Star game to determine home field advantage in the World Series.

All but the most stubborn purists support a structure that creates more meaningful September games and adds to the financial bottom line, but the arguments of the old school will gain strength against Selig’s current plan to add an extra Wild Card entry into the playoff fold.

Here’s a look at why...

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