Re: Over-looked & All-important
posted at 9/8/2011 12:02 PM EDT
In Response to Over-looked & All-important
[QUOTE]While most of the board focus is on pitching injuries and depth, perhaps the most telling factor in Boston's PO chances may end up being who they will likely play in the first PO round. Tigers/Rangers are neck and neck for best record. If Boston ends up the WC winner, and the Tigers beat out TX for best record, NY plays TX and we get the Tigers. Me? I'd rather face the Tigers. Home advantage aside (and Boston has one of the best road records in baseball), if NY wins the division...they may wish otherwise. They could end up playing the stronger team. Current standings: Tigers: 81 WINS 62 LOSSES Rangers: 81 WINS 63 LOSSES
Posted by harness[/QUOTE]
a brand new rule is being considered by the commisioner's office ... and may be enacted this season, even this month.
If losing teams,those with records of less than .500 (purposefully defined that way and clarity will be made shortly) have fans with a higher opinion of their team than winning teams, the ratio of positivity will be directly reflected in the standings.
The number of fans are not considered as an issue because it is just natural to expect that losing teams (and another setting refers to small market teams) have as large a fan base, so the 1300 that watch the Marlins or Orioles in average attendance would possibly have a larger impact than the 37 to 55,000 that watch the Red Sox or Yanquis.
Winning teams are defined as those who actually have winning records, not the opinion of the fans as to whether their team is/are "winners." In fact, the better the winning record and the poorer the fan opinion, the greater the impact this rule will have on the standings.
The rule is likely to be called the "Sheriff and Deputies" rule.
There is certainly a contingency of like minded Yanqui fans, and so when those fans are duly named as a group, the overall rule name may change.
In the American League East it could impact thusly: (figures are imaginary)
Team W L Pct FPR*
1. Baltimore 55 107 .340 .731
2. Tampa Bay 87 75 .537 .699
3. New York 102 60 .629 .650
4. Toronto 79 83 .488 .542
5. Boston 99 63 .611 .357
*Fan Positivity Ratio
"It will be nice," the commisioner's office spokesperson said, "to have teams that are appreciated to enjoy the playoffs instead of teams that just win."
The room full of baseball writers all agreed. As long as baseball games could all be kept under an hour and 45 minutes, so they could meet their deadline while casually finishing their thoughts with a cigar and a few brews. (Those hard working devils...)