The absurdity that is MLB’s tiebreaker system

garlicfriesandbaseball:

GFBB Note: This is a rule that hardly anyone knows about, unannounced officially by MLB. It gives added strength to a team’s Intraleague record. So it stands to reason we’ll be seeing a lot more of intraleague play in the coming years. Not that that’s a bad thing, but in my opinion it takes away from the importance of Division play, i.e. why even have it? Division play I mean.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser runs down the mess that is MLB tiebreaker system as it relates to the A’s and Red Sox possibly tying for the AL’s best record. It includes a change that was never announced by the league because, well, MLB has never wanted to bore us with the details.

So, in short, the tiebreaker goes like this:

1. Head-to-head record
2. Intradivisional record
3. Intraleague record (the new, previously unannounced one)
4. Second-half intradivisional record

I guess the addition of No. 3 is an improvement on falling back to what was the old No. 3. It’s No. 2 that’s stupid, though. Basically, it gives the team in the easier division an extra advantage after it already had the huge advantage of playing in the easier division.

In fact, the No. 2 tiebreaker should be the exact opposite: extradivisional record. The team that played in the…

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