What are the biggest complaints you hear fans say about the state of baseball?
Two I constantly hear are “The Northeast Bias” and “If you don’t have a huge payroll, you don’t have a shot.”
OK… now look at the current playoff situation.
Let’s say the Tigers beat the Yankees tonight. It’s one game. Anything can happen in one game.
Let’s say the Cardinals are loose and take advantage of a tight Phillies team. (Like YOU thought this series was going 5 games!)
Those are two games, each being won by the visiting team. Not anything outrageous (like both the Braves AND Red Sox flopping down the stretch.)
Guess what would be the result?
No team east of Detroit would be in the post season.
St. Louis… Texas… Detroit… and either Arizona or Milwaukee.
And guess what would ALSO happen?
The top 9 payrolls in baseball would all be playing golf during the LCS.
If these two events happen, the Yankees and Phillies (1 and 2 in payroll) would join #3 Boston, #4 Anaheim, #5 White Sox, #6 Cubs, #7 Mets, #8 Giants and #9 Twins on the links.
No coast teams.
None of the top 30% of the top payrolls.
If that happens, I expect a LOT of people who complain about the state of baseball to be watching… and cheering… and realizing the myths of the inequity of balance in baseball is just that.
I talked about it before the Super Bowl this year. I stand by everything I said.