It's too cold. It's too late at night. It's too late in the year. The complaints about baseball's postseason all carry weight and aren't going away. The playoffs are the way they are because the TV networks want it that way and owners who make a bundle off TV don't put up a stink.
It does little good to criticize Bud Selig and his fellow decision-makers because there's no turning back. The 162-game schedule won't be reduced to 154. The World Series won't begin in early October. Starting times won't be changed to benefit East Coast school kids.
Those corny Elmer Fudd caps worn by Mark Teixeira and others -- including some in last year's Phillies-Rays World Series? Get used to them.
Baseball isn't meant to be played in such chilly environments. Even playoff baseball. But unless it's a Dodgers-Angels World Series, we'll be seeing more of the same. Cold weather is the norm in New York and Philadelphia this time of year.
Why is it that the NFL goes to warm-weather sites for its biggest showcase, the Super Bowl, but MLB is cool with cold spots for its marquee event, the World Series? The difference, of course, is that the football championship is played at a neutral site, not an option in baseball.
There are other options:
Wipe out at least a week of spring training (players are all for it) and open the season earlier (the first games in warm-weather cities). Schedule a few day-night doubleheaders (teams would get a double gate). Cut down on postseason off-days (no need for a day off between games in the same city).
It's not impossible to have a World Series end by mid-October, but it's not on MLB's to-do list. A World Series Game 7 is set for Nov. 5. We were told that's because the World Baseball Classic pushed back Opening Day -- but the 2010 regular-season finale is Oct. 3, just one day earlier than this year.
It's the most important time of year, and baseball permits games to end at 2:14 a.m. East Coast time in 25-degree temperature. Happened last week in Denver. We have more lousy conditions in each LCS, and we can imagine the conditions in early-November World Series games in Philly or the Bronx.
A bummer for fans, who see a game more affected than normal by the weather, but the rulers of the game seem to like it. Good revenue.