Manfred continues to want to kill baseball... in Fantasy Baseball Talk Posted September 17, 2020 19 minutes ago, The Big Bat Theory said: Oh teacher teacher I know why we have playoffs. We have playoffs so the very BEST teams can compete to win the World Series. The cream of the crop. The ones that earned it over a long, rough season. They won the right to play head-to-head for it. Not so middling, participation trophy teams can try and get lucky at the end. Does a Cinderella team sometimes win in this format? Sure but only once in a blue moon. Which is what a Cinderella win is all about. That it is so rare that it is memorable. Not that every year it happens which just makes it a silly, dumb down win and not a true Cinderella win. Why not the best team in each league? Why do you think some middling, participation trophy winner like the 2nd place team in some division deserves a playoff spot? See, here’s the thing. You either think the 162 matters and the champ is crowned at the end. Or you believe in playoffs. What’s happening is everyone here has decided that YOU know the perfect amount of playoff teams that should make the playoffs (which, as you know, is laughable). What is the perfect amount? I don’t know. But I do know the difference between a .618 team and a .565 team isn’t all that great, and I’m ok with them playing it out in a series at the end of the year to see who gets to move on. For fun. For excitement. For fans. I also know that in ANY playoff, the best team doesn’t always win. That’s true of all sports.