NBA Playoffs translated to Baseball

The NBA Playoffs have finally begun!
There was a point were I was really into the the NBA. I was a huge Charlotte Hornets fan. Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson, Mugsy Bogues, and Dell Curry…I loved that team. After George Shinn turned out to be a real scuzbag and moved the team to New Orleans (now he’s talking about moving the team again…great guy). I like Miami for awhile (on account of Mourning) but the NBA lost me.

The playoff system stinks. 16 teams in playoffs? That rewards medicority.

How would it apply to baseball?
Using last season’s final standing, I devised the MLB seeding system ala NBA style.

American League
East W L
x-3New York 95 67 .586 – –
x-4Boston 95 67 .586 – –
x-8Toronto 80 82 .494 15.0 –
Baltimore 74 88 .457 21.0
Tampa Bay 67 95 .414 28.0 –

Central W L PCT GB
x1-Chicago 99 63 .611 – –
x-5Cleveland 93 69 .574 6.0 –
x-7Minnesota 83 79 .512 16.0
Detroit 71 91 .438 28.0 –
Kansas City 56 106 .346 43.0

West W L PCT GB
x-2Los Angeles 95 67 .586 – –
x-6Oakland 88 74 .543 7.0 –
Texas 79 83 .488 16.0
Seattle 69 93 .426 26.0 –

#8 Toronto at #1 Chicago
#7 Minnesota at #2 Los Angeles
#6 Oakland at #3 New York
#5 Cleveland at #4 Boston

National League
East W L PCT GB
x-2Atlanta 90 72 .556 – –
x-5Philadelphia 88 74 .543 2.0
x-6Florida 83 79 .512 7.0-
x-7New York 83 79 .512 7.0
x8.1-Washington 81 81 .500 9.0 –

Central W L PCT GB
x1-St. Louis 100 62 .617 – –
x-4Houston 89 73 .549 11.0
x8.1-Milwaukee 81 81 .500 19.0 –
Chicago 79 83 .488 21.0 –
Cincinnati 73 89 .451 27.0-
Pittsburgh 67 95 .414 33.0

West W L PCT GB
x-3San Diego 82 80 .506 – –
Arizona 77 85 .475 5.0
San Francisco 75 87 .463 7.0
Los Angeles 71 91 .438 11.0 –
Colorado 67 95 .414 15.0

#8 Milwaukee/Washington at #1 St.Louis
#7 New York at #2 Atlanta
#6 Florida at #3 San Diego
#5 Philadelphia at #4 Houston

“A longer post-season wouldn’t that be great?”
“No….that would be horrible.”
“Why? The more the better, right?”
“Yeah…I’d be chomping at the bit to see an 80-82 Toronto team play 99 win Chicago team. That would be dramatic.”
“The underdog could pull it out though.”
“Sure. 99% of the 8 seeds in the NBA get slaughetered in the first round. One more season why the NBA is a bad product.”
“It’s not as long as Isiah Thomas has a job.”
“Yes, that man is a savvy businessman and a genius.”
Last season, there have needed to be 10 seeds for the O’s to make the play-offs. If that was the case, you might put all of them in.

Lee McCall, new bullpen coach Welcome aboard.

Had a short day at work, so I got to come home at watch my Clemson Tigers play host Oral Roberts in the college Super Regionals.
Jason Berken, the starter for Clemson was drafted by the Orioles this week, has a rough start. He last only an inning and a third, but got kicked in the face fielding a bad throw to first. After that he gave up a 3 run shot….which might happen if you get ran over.
In the 4th…4-4 tie.

Pujol’s trainer speaks
Ex-Yankee Jim Leyrtiz fesses up to using greenies.

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