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45+ playoff expansion?


Greetings,

I see that Major League Baseball is considering an expanded playoff format that would include seven teams from each league instead of five. Perhaps, then, the 45+ division should consider expanding its playoff format, too.

This suggestion may come as a surprise to my fellow 45+ managers, who have known me to be opposed to our current playoff format for being too long, too expensive, and too arduous. I have argued in the past for reducing the number of playoff games, since playing as many as five games in a weekend is more a test of brute endurance than baseball skill. In addition, a shorter playoff schedule would give us the flexibility to schedule make-up games after Labor Day, thereby reducing the need for double-headers during the regular season.

But I now see that THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH PLAYOFF BASEBALL. So here are my suggestions for expanding the 45+ playoffs.


(1) Instead of a double-elimination format, we will use a septuple-elimination format. Thus, a team is eliminated only after seven losses.

(2) In order to fit the additional games into the standard three-week playoff period, we need to play more games each day. Thus, our first slot of the day on both Saturday and Sunday will be 6:00am, followed by games at 8:30am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 4:00pm, and 6:30pm. Each team will be required to play five games each day until eliminated.

(3) Since the 6:00am game will begin before sunrise and the 6:30pm game will extend beyond sunset, all players will be required to bring a flashlight, so as to provide enough light to play by.

(4) We have been giving the top four regular-season finishers a first-round bye, while allowing them a 17th regular-season game. This additional regular-season game will be expanded to a one-day, triple-elimination "mini-playoff" format, as the bye teams need to build up their endurance for the second round of the playoffs. In addition, all teams receiving a first-round bye will be awarded priority seating at our annual banquet.

(5) Since the application of tie-breaker and seeding rules will become too complex in this format, the current rules will be simplified by giving the advantage in every case to the team with the more attractive uniforms. Each team's uniforms will be ranked 1 through 10 for attractiveness by managers at our pre-season meeting.

(6) Any team, regardless of regular-season standings, that has at least one player with a beard that measures longer than John Reel's will also get an automatic first-round bye. All measurements will be taken by CDMSBL Treasurer Don "Uncle Sam" Wixon, whose decisions are final.

(7) The league will provide for paramedic-staffed ambulances standing by at each field, in the event that players need to be treated for exhaustion, heatstroke, or other severe injuries resulting from overexertion. Note that the paramedics will NOT be treating cases of playoff-induced PTSD.

(8) The league will provide life insurance coverage for every player participating in the playoffs. In the event of the in-game death of a player, that player's family will receive $1,000,000 plus priority seating at our annual banquet.

(9) In addition to the trophy, the championship team will be honored with yet a second league-wide banquet in October, with entertainment provided by "Mr. Las Vegas," Wayne Newton (not to be confused with CDMSBL legend Wayne Newcomb). Also, the league's resident insult comic, Don Ball, will be replaced as master of ceremonies by "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog." Teams that attend the banquet with at least seven players will be awarded priority seating.

Now, I know some of you will be saying that this is way too much playoff baseball. All I can say in response is, DO YOU LOVE THE GAME OR NOT?


And if you have any questions about the October banquet entertainment, check out these videos:








Looking forward to seeing you all on the field!

Frank

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Geezus Frank - it probably took you almost as long to type this post as it does for you to throw a pitch!

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Does Frank have coronavirus related delusions or something....?

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Don Ball wrote:

Geezus Frank - it probably took you almost as long to type this post as it does for you to throw a pitch!






That was hysterical Don ...... all I have to add is that post makes Mike Hart's novels on here look like a short story biggrin

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Thanks for your replies, dear friends Don and Rob!

Good one, Don! I was hoping you'd join in the festivities here. Actually, it took me A LOT less time to write the post than it takes me to throw a pitch--or to run to first base, for that matter. But it did take much longer than it takes for me to fall asleep at managers meetings. Please forgive me. It's tough to be 67 years old! Indeed, this year my Cougars uniform will be a purple bathrobe and slippers fitted with spikes.

And, Rob, my abundant delusions have nothing to do with coronavirus. Actually, I now suffer from bi-polar-ice-cap disorder. My manifest mental derangement derives largely from my taking a line drive off the coconut while pitching a few years back. It wasn't the impact of the ball hitting my skull that caused the problem, however, but rather it was the ice packs I stitched into my cap to mitigate the swelling. It has permanently rendered me too cool for words! It's a medical miracle, then, that the words of my original post were so icy.

FM

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Hey, John, you're so right! Long posts on this board can be deadly. I'm thinking particularly of the interminable, pitch-by-pitch post-game accounts that some managers submit. I stopped reading them long ago. It's a good thing that the Cougars never win any games, because I'd hate to have to supply so much excruciating detail in the game report.

FM

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Frank - You beat the Greys last year. Then again, everybody beat the Greys last year!biggrin

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Don, don't think I didn't suffer inexpressible remorse for having beaten the Grays. After all, those guys are my friends from way, way, way back. What makes it particularly hard is having to encounter Grays players in the halls of the nursing home where we now reside.

FM

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3.what size batteries?
6. I shaved last week. but I got pictures.

jreel

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And now the Greys have folded.

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