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Baseball Playoffs

Baseball playoffs take place in the first week of October and lasts for the entire week. In fact, it begins after the 162 long game sessions. Precisely, eight teams comprise the playoffs. Four teams qualify from the American Leagues (AL) and four from the National Leagues (NL). There are three division champions. The fourth team comes through a wild card entry. It is interesting to note that the team which has the best record is the one to be disqualified! Surprisingly, it has to wait for the next season to qualify.
Tiebreakers in Baseball
Tiebreaker matches always end in a tense and nail biting finish. For matches resulting in a tie (in case of division or wild card entries), one game playoffs are held after the season. The team which wins this playoff is the one to move to the next level. For ties within a division where the losing team is selected by a wild card, one game playoff is not held. Instead, the team that has won the season series (out of the two contesting teams), will be declared the champion of that division.
If the teams register an equal number of victories, then the one with a better record will be the winner of the title. Even after all these, if the teams remain tied, then the one which has a comparatively better record in the previous 81 games will be the winner. But, if the statistics reveal that the teams are still in a tie, then their records in the last 82 games will decide the winner. This will go on until a final result is concluded.
History of Baseball Postseason Playoffs
The World Series was started in the year 1903, but the postseason games date back to 1884. These playoffs are not regarded as an official appendage to the World Series history by the Major Baseball League. The playoffs are actually a bridge between the World Series and the season. It is heartbreaking for a team to lose a playoff. It means that the team will not qualify for MLB which is the greatest baseball sporting event in the United States. This makes the playoffs extremely important for all the teams that are competing against each other.
Top Ten Baseball Playoffs
The baseball playoff games are usually packed with tense anticipation. The matches go to the wire until the last second where the fate of the teams is decided. Spectators feel the rush of adrenaline in their veins and remain riveted to the seats or glued to their television sets till the end. Given below are the ten best ever baseball playoffs in the history of the game:-
  • Bill Mazeroski (Pittsburgh Pirates), 1960 World Series, Game 7
  • Joe Carter (Toronto Blue Jays), 1993 World Series, Game 6
  • Kirk Gibson (Los Angeles Dodgers), 1988 World Series, Game 1
  • David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox), 2004 ALCS, Game 4
  • Kirby Puckett (Minnesota Twins), 1991 World Series, Game 6
  • Chris Chambliss (New York Yankees), 1976 ALCS Game 5
  • Aaron Boone (New York Yankees), 2003 ALCS, Game 7
  • Magglio Ordonez (Detroit Tigers), 2006 ALCS, Game 4
  • Carlton Fisk (Boston Red Sox), 1975 World Series, Game 6
  • Chris Burke (Houston Astros), 2005 NLDS, Game 4


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