This Day in Baseball History: June 17th, 1993

There were days that I looked down on the Wild Card, but now, I’d be ecstatic if the Braves could get there.

On June 17, 1993:

The owners vote 26-2 in favor of the creation of the Wild Card.

Before 1995, each league was split up into 2 divisions. The winners of those divisions went on to play in their respective League Championship Series. The winners of those went on to play in the World Series. It was simple and tradition. Before that, it was even simpler. If you played in the majors before 1969, the World Series was the only part of the playoffs. Each league was essentially a division. The winner of that league went on to the World Series.

However, baseball had expanded significantly to change the playoff structure. Around the time of the first change, baseball expanded from 16 to 20 teams, and people believed that it had become too difficult to make the playoffs. Around the second change, the number of teams had grown to 28 (Arizona and Tampa Bay would arrive 5 years after the Wild Card decision), and again, people believed that it had become too difficult to make the playoffs. Of course, this was also good for television deals (well, at the time anyway) and for teams to make more money.

The Wild Card was supposed to begin in 1994, but because of the strike, it did not begin until 1995. The Braves, not the Wild Card, beat the Wild Card Colorado Rockies in the NLDS, and the Seattle Mariners took care of the Wild Card New York Yankees in the ALDS. Since 1995, the Wild Card teams have had a bit more success. The 1997 Florida Marlins, 2002 Anaheim Angels, 2003 Florida Marlins, and the 2004 Boston Red Sox were all Wild Card teams that won the World Series. Six other Wild Card teams have made the World Series (including the last four World Series) but lost.

Trivia Time
When did the LCS become a best-of-seven series?

Yesterday’s Answer –> False. Berra finished 2nd in 1953, but he won 1951, 1954, and 1955. He finished 4th in 1952.

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3 Responses to “This Day in Baseball History: June 17th, 1993”

  1. Ron Rollins Says:

    1985. Ask a Royals related question and I'm on it every time.

  2. tHeMARksMiTh Says:

    I didn't mean it to be (didn't pay attention to the matchup), but trust me, I do not underestimate your Royals knowledge.

  3. Ron Rollins Says:

    My work is nearly done.

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