To give the regular season a little meaning, each league champion gets a bye. The other 28 teams, seeded 1 to 28 by record, play a best-of-seven series; winners of that opening round, along with the league champions, move on to the round of 16. And so on.
Each series would last three weeks, which means you play a game every three or four days. This would allow a team like the Yankees to finally cut payroll and set up its rotation so that CC Sabathia pitches every game of the postseason.
Then you would take a week or two off before the World Series, like the NFL does with the Super Bowl.
We're talking two months for the regular season and four months for the postseason, so you're done by the end of September. Wa-lah!
And best of all, for long-suffering Pittsburgh fans - the Pirates are GUARANTEED to make the playoffs!
If Bob Costas doesn't come aboard on this whole concept ASAP, I'll just assume his mind and body were snatched by aliens.
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