With the MLB’s wild card system in place for more than a decade, you’d think I’d be used to the format when October rolls around each year.

Thank you Bud Selig. Your playoff system makes the Bengals' personnel department look competent.

Thank you Bud Selig. Your playoff system makes Matt Millen look smart.

Yet, every year I can’t get over the stupidity of the baseball playoff system. After playing 162 games, by far the longest regular season in professional sports, MLB decides to knock out four of the eight playoff teams in a best-of-five divisional playoff.

Even the NBA abandoned best-of-five playoff series in the first round, a sport where you can get away with it. Pitching is so pivitol in baseball that a five-game series is not a realistic indicator of superiority. Instead, it’s simply a measure of who has the strongest pair of starting pitchers. What a joke.

More ridiculous is the one-game playoff that takes place when two playoff-bound teams end the 162-game marathon with identical records. And how does MLB determine which team has homefield advantage in a one-game playoff? A coin flip.

That’s right, not who had a better record in head-to-head matchups, not who had a better division record … a coin flip.

Then again, should we really be surprised? This is the same league that uses an All-Star game to determine home-field advantage in the World Series. Thank goodness football has started.

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