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Baseball: Second guessing City Section seeding committee

May 14, 2013 | 12:17 pm

There have been some nightmare experiences through the years involving City Section seeding committees, especially when coaches were involved.

Since going to a committee of noncoaches, the seedings have been mostly acceptable, but this latest seeding involving baseball raises questions.

San Fernando (29-3) was awarded the No. 1 seed over Reseda Cleveland (21-10) in the Division I playoffs, and it's still not explainable.

These were the criteria supposedly used: league finish, a coach's poll, the cumulative scores from a Ratings Percentage Index, head to head and common opponents. The RPI gives more weight to wins vs. City Section opponents.

Both finished first in their leagues. San Fernando had a higher RPI ranking _ .579 to .353 (geez, the weaker Valley Mission vs. the West Valley League). Cleveland was ranked higher in the coach's poll. For common opponents, Cleveland defeated Narbonne, 7-1 and defeated Granada Hills, 5-4 and 3-1. San Fernando lost to Narbonne, 1-0, and defeated Granada Hills, 4-2.

My own judgment is that Cleveland had the better resume based on a tougher schedule and using the common opponent criteria.

Maybe this debate will be decided at Dodger Stadium on June 1, but San Fernando has a far less challenging road than Cleveland because of its No. 1 seeding, so there's no guarantee it's going to happen.

In conclusion, this was no lucky draw. A review of the process is needed to make sure everyone is clear how a No. 1 seed is determined.

-- Eric Sondheimer