SHOULD BE SEPARATE TROPHY RECOGNITION FOR REGULAR SEASON AND FINALS
Many times I have finished first regular season and 3rd or 4th in finals. So many things impact that finals finish. But a season long successful finish should not be a failure and go unrecognized. That person won a season long pennant - THAT deserves recognition. There could be a home field variable added within the finals rankings based upon regular season ending results - perhaps it moves from a H2H to points based finals with the higher seeded team earning more points per category. Anyway, what I do know is it sucks to win the pennant and get nothing out of it.
ando tyree commented
AGREE. (You said it all!)