Seeding the Little League World Series
While it is over two months away, pairings were announced yesterday for the 2023 Little League World Series. Every year we wonder why some of the teams that are traditional powerhouses end up having to play first round games while teams from regions that have rarely won the tournament receive byes. We understand that Little League does not want to show favoritism and would shy away from "seeding" this year's tournament based on previous year's performance. But we have come up with a very easy way for them to place the best teams in the most advantageous positions while being completely objective: Seed the teams based on how many games they had to play to get to the series. It stands to reason that if the team coming out of the West, for instance, had to win 23 games to make it while the team from the Midwest only had to win 13, that the Western team is more battle-tested and stronger. This is also germane to Little League's primary concern for safety. If one team has had to play 20+ games in the tournament and another team has played significantly fewer, why would you make pitchers from the team that has endured a more grueling schedule play an extra game because of a random draw? Seeding the teams based on games played makes the most sense.