Major League Baseball season is long and to the casual fan like me, it feels like a trial of endurance.
Suggesting cutting the baseball season may be blasphemous to most traditionalists, but to those who love the drama that the playoffs deliver, it deserves some consideration.
During the first 40 games Iím all in, usually because my team hasnít fallen out of contention yet and I have a rooting interest in the season (my team is still very much in contention this year).
Admittedly, I donít check the box scores or read every press clipping every morning like some of my baseball brethren, but I watch highlights and if my team is on, Iím locked in. But after the 75th game of 162-game season, the games lose importance until usually around the 140th game mark. Thatís when pennant races are rounding out and teams are fighting for the last wildcard spots.
Make no mistake, there are things that happen during the season that make fans take notice, like no hitters, homerun totals or defensive highlight plays, but the drama of making it to the playoffs is definitely what drives the excitement bus.
MLB isnít alone in this problem. The National Basketball Association needs to trim itís season and certainly itís playoffs, but thatís another topic. What if the MLB baseball had an 80 game season?
The first 40 games of the season become extremely important and thereís less room for error. In an 80-game season, a three-game losing streak starts to mean something.
In the NFL, 16 games is all teams have to prove or disprove that they belong in the playoffs.
I know those same stakes exist for baseball. It is just getting to those moments. There are too many games that can be played without a sense of urgency because the season drags out.
I love the tradition that is baseball season, but I love more the idea of every single game having playoff consequences much earlier than 140 games into the season.