By Eric Schmidt

Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones is winding down his career, making his rounds through opposing National League stadiums for the last time in his career. The Braves are currently in Philadelphia and they find themselves with a firm grip on one of the wildcard spots for the upcoming post season. Last season, the Braves watched a potential playoff berth slip away in the final days of the season, losing out to the St. Louis Cardinals. This year, MLB has installed a second wildcard team, but Jones doesn’t like the idea.

“I think it’s stupid to be honest with you. But Major League Baseball wants a bunch of teams in the playoffs. There’s nothing like cut-throat baseball for the fans. And people love that 163rd regular season game. They’ve loved it in the past. I’n sure that’s what probably promoted a second wildcard team. I wish they would’ve done it a year earlier so we would have had a chance last year. But it is what it is,” said Jones.

I tend to agree with Chipper on this point. Yes, the second wildcard has greatly changed the prospects for several teams this season of reaching post season play, but the concept is a bad idea. The game gets watered down and actually the one game playoff between the wildcard teams puts them at a disadvantage with their pitching rotation moving into the playoffs. If you are going to handcuff the wildcard team in such a manner, then why even have them enter the playoffs.

I much preferred the former system where you had one wildcard team. That allows teams to set their pitching rotations and have a legitimate shot at advancing in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Jones is hoping for just one last shot at a World Series ring, but if it doesn’t happen this year, his next stop will be the Hall of Fame.

Baseball has a lot of problems. They have a lot of things they need to fix. Adding a second wildcard team really was not one high on the priority list.

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Readers Comments (3)

  1. Hugh G. Rection

    Chipper Jones is a great player, but he thinks he’s God. His ex-wife may not necessarily agree since Chipper banged more women (behind her back) than Hugh Hefner.

    • joe

      what does that comment have to do with the play offs. you must live a rejected life when it comes to women?

  2. Erick Schmidt

    After the way the Cardinals got into the series last year, and arguably the best World Series Game EVER(game 6 naturally), I was not thrilled about the second Wild Card team idea. Do you put your #1 starter on the mound to get you into the playoffs and ruin the rotation, or throw the team on the shoulders of your #2 or 3? W.W.T.D.? Tony LaRussa for you non Cardinal fans.