Base­ball strikes out on play­offs

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Here’s an im­por­tant change Ma­jor League Base­ball (MLB) should im­me­di­ately make to avoid a colos­sal post­sea­son em­bar­rass­ment: In­crease the num­ber of play­off games be­tween the wild-card teams. As things stand, the top teams in each of the leagues’ three di­vi­sions au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify for the post­sea­son play that leads to the World Se­ries. The two wild­card slots go to the non­di­vi­sion-win­ning clubs that have the best win/loss records in their re­spec­tive leagues.

The prob­lem: The wild-card play­off in­volves only one game. The win­ner then goes on to play one of the three divi-

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