Episode #118: Where we think the new wild card is a bunch of $!#@…

Episode #118
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: Chip Buck (@chip_buck)

Major League Baseball’s revamped playoff system may have put the 2011 Red Sox in the post-season despite their horrific September, but even that won’t sway this panel of judges in favor of the changes put into effect for the 2012 playoffs. Paul and Tim are joined by esteemed Fire Brand columnist Chip Buck to tear apart the new playoff system one scenario at a time.

Bobby Valentine came to Boston with an expected short shelf life due to his lack of filter with the media. Has he already gotten himself into too much trouble than he’s worth? How about Josh Beckett’s comments to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that baseball took a backseat priority to his family this past season and going forward? Some people have taken umbrage with that statement — but not this crew. Family should always come first, shouldn’t it? Do we expect too much from players sometimes?

The 2011 Red Sox outfield featured an epic season from their centerfielder but miserable performance from the corners. A rebounding Carl Crawford and a platoon in right field should offset any decline from their rising star. The 2012 outfield will be an upgrade over 2011.

All that and more on this episode of Fireside Chats.

Thanks for listening!

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