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How Much of a Disadvantage Is Being a Modern-Day MLB Wild Card?

Five years in, the MLB Wild Card Game is a success. Oh, there are those who quibble with the format and argue a 162-game season should not be reduced to a single winner-take-all contest. But as FanGraphs' Dave Cameron put it in 2015, " in terms of theatre and entertainment value, the wild-card play-in games are about as good as baseball gets right now." That's been especially true this October.
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