@jcraig - I know exactly what you mean and I am wondering what players who played in the days where only two teams made the playoffs would think with the continual chances players are given to win nowadays.
The expansion of the playoffs has prolonged the season to the point that it is ending in November when people have stopped caring about baseball and are more focused on the beginning of the NBA season and the middle of the season for football right as playoff scenarios are developing there.
I feel like baseball now is not concerned so much with giving more teams a chance in the playoffs as they are more concerned with generating extra revenue for playoff games with tickets selling for hundreds of dollars with upwards of fifty thousand people in the stands.
As a baseball fan I really wish that they would simply keep with the 3 round format but expand the first round to seven games.
Even the best team can lose in five games and seven makes it more of an accomplishment. I would also make the playoffs end before places like the Northeast start to get heavy snow. One of these days it will snow and the will have to delay the playoffs and there will be a huge mess on baseball's hands.