Pennant race baseball is baseball played between rivals for the same division or league pennant; and lasts all season until a pennant is won. Imagine a baseball season with two divisions per league rather than three and NO WILD CARDS. No wild cards will put team and fan focus, where it belongs, on the regular season. When this is done, season long pennant races abound.
I’ve heard it said that modern baseball can no longer do without wild cards because there are too many teams competing. That is why we need to add a “tier system” to the mix. With !st and 2nd tiers in each division we can reward the teams that finish in the first tier with better schedules for next season.
Next, we look at the pennant race division set-up; and how the teams finished last season. This should give a clearer picture of what pennant race baseball is all about.