Skip to content

The absurdity that is MLB’s tiebreaker system

Sep 25, 2013, 2:22 AM EDT

mlb logo square

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser runs down the mess that is MLB tiebreaker system as it relates to the A’s and Red Sox possibly tying for the AL’s best record. It includes a change that was never announced by the league because, well, MLB has never wanted to bore us with the details.

So, in short, the tiebreaker goes like this:

1. Head-to-head record
2. Intradivisional record
3. Intraleague record (the new, previously unannounced one)
4. Second-half intradivisional record

I guess the addition of No. 3 is an improvement on falling back to what was the old No. 3. It’s No. 2 that’s stupid, though. Basically, it gives the team in the easier division an extra advantage after it already had the huge advantage of playing in the easier division.

In fact, the No. 2 tiebreaker should be the exact opposite: extradivisional record. The team that played in the stronger division that did a better job beating up on the rest of the league should have the advantage in the tiebreaker.

My tiebreaker system:

1. Head-to-head record
2. Extradivisional record
3. Run differential

Latest Posts
  1. Yasiel Puig to begin rehab assignment Thursday

    May 6, 2015, 7:56 PM EDT

    puig getty Getty Images

    Some very good news here for the Dodgers …

  2. J.D. Martinez dropped to sixth in Tigers’ batting order

    May 6, 2015, 7:04 PM EDT

    Screenshot 2015-05-06 at 5.20.02 PM Getty Images

    Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez had batted either fourth or fifth in his first 26 starts this season, but he is 2-for-25 with 16 strikeouts in his last six games …

  3. Carlos Rodon to make first MLB start Saturday

    May 6, 2015, 6:18 PM EDT

    rodon getty Getty Images

    Jeff Samardzija officially dropped the appeal of his five-game suspension on Wednesday, temporarily opening a spot in the White Sox starting rotation.

  4. Cardinals reliever Jordan Walden out 6-10 weeks with shoulder injury

    May 6, 2015, 5:25 PM EDT

    walden getty Getty Images

    Acquired from the Braves as part of the Jason Heyward trade this offseason, Walden posted a 0.87 ERA and 12/4 K/BB ratio in 10 innings for the Cardinals.

  5. Four teams are in on Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    May 6, 2015, 3:43 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v New York Mets Getty Images

    Diamondbacks, Royals, Indians and Mariners.

  6. Must-click link: Barry Bonds’ second act

    May 6, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

    Photo: Barry Bonds' Instagram Photo: Barry Bonds' Instagram

    Bonds is a sponsor of a women’s cycling team. And, in cycling, is finding more acceptance and peace than he’s found in baseball in a long, long time.

  7. Happy Birthday, Willie Mays! Good luck, A-Rod!

    May 6, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT

    Willie Mays AP

    There’s a chance for some history on the Say-Hey Kid’s 84th birthday.

  8. Can the Royals’ bullpen get even better? Luke Hochevar set to return from Tommy John surgery

    May 6, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

    Luke Hochevar AP AP

    Two years ago Hochevar a 1.92 ERA and 82/17 K/BB ratio in 70 innings.

  9. Brook Jacoby and umpire Doug Eddings were in a “loud, obscenity-laced, nose-to-nose exchange”

    May 6, 2015, 9:01 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays Getty Images

    A new report on the incident suggests that the umpire was just as much an aggressor as Jacoby was.

  10. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 6, 2015, 7:04 AM EDT

    Carlos Perez Getty Images

    This is easily the most photo and video-heavy ATH of all time. Mostly because pitchers did things with bats and teams wore throwbacks last night.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. A. Rendon (3869)
  2. A. Cobb (3290)
  3. J. Hamilton (3161)
  4. D. Wright (3048)
  5. A. Colome (2976)
  1. H. Ramirez (2856)
  2. D. Span (2726)
  3. A. Pujols (2723)
  4. G. Holland (2715)
  5. Y. Puig (2645)