1. Interleague play - overdone.
2. All-Star Game winner gets HFA in the World Series - ridiculous.
3. New Wild Card format - rinky-dink.
This new Wild Card format was supposed to put a higher premium on winning the division. Maybe it does. But what bothers me is that the teams that win the Wild Card games have some advantages of their own. The way the Rays are set up for this series illustrates that. They have been playing games while we have been sitting. But they have also had enough off-days that they will be well rested. Also, with the type of rotation they have, a 5-game series is more advantageous to them than a 7-game series would be.
Which brings me to my last complaint.
With all the off-days they had to build in to accommodate the Wild Card games, they could have extended the LDS to 7-game series instead.
I know this might sound like sour grapes or whatever. But I was critical of the new Wild Card format last year too. I think it's a gimmick. Sure it increases fan interest and increases profits. But it's still a gimmick.