For the sports fan, the beginning of April is one of the most wonderful times of the year. NCAA Basketball is celebrating a new champion, the Masters is just days away, baseball season is starting, the NFL Draft is on the horizon, and spring is in the air – it’s time to start warming up the golf clubs or the baseball glove or to put a new set of strings on the tennis racquet.
During this time, pundits release carefully crafted predictions of who will enter into the lore of October and take the World Series title. Six grueling months of playing at least six days a week summit in an eight team playoff that serves as a celebration of the best baseball club in the world’s finest league. Every year, analysts trumpet the virtues of the system: the eight best teams rise to the top during the regular season followed by the league’s best outshining the other seven by being the first to win the required number of games against three opponents. This is essentially the same formula as any playoff system works on: ‘Survive and Advance.” But is it really the best way to determine a champion? Continue reading