MLB Considering Major Changes To Postseason

  • MLB Considering Major Changes To Postseason

MLB Considering Major Changes To Postseason

Cincinnati Reds' pitcher Trevor Bauer blasted MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday as being clueless about baseball after a report said the league was looking to expand the playoffs by adding two wild card teams in each league.

One of the changes would be increasing the number of playoff teams from 10 to 14 and the best team in each league would actually receive a bye into the division series.

Under the plan, "the division victor with the second-best record in a league would then get the first pick of its opponent from those lower three wild cards, then the other division victor would pick, leaving the last two wild cards to play each other", according to the Post.

The proposal would provide more "postseason inventory" for network broadcasters, more "clinching scenarios", and hopefully greater fan interest in the playoffs, according to the Post.

If the playoffs were different, how different would they be? However, if the fifth seed happened to be a really appealing matchup, either because their ace is hurt or they just have struggled against them all year, the No. 2 seed could choose to play them instead.

The two remaining division winners and the Wild Card team with the best record of the four would each host all games of a best-of-three series in the opening round. Because of course it would.

The division victor with the second-best record would select its wild-card opponent from the three wild-card winners not hosting a series.

Major league baseball added a second wild card team for the 2012 season.

The final matchup would pit the wild-card victor with the best record against the wild-card team not yet chosen. The current collective bargaining agreement runs through the 2021 season. And being the top Wild Card team means hosting the first round at home. In theory, though, additional playoff teams should provide elements that the union has been wanting.

Baseball now has the fewest postseason teams out of the four major North American sports. The NFL has 32 teams and 12 playoff spots, the National Hockey League has 31 franchises and 16 playoff spots, and the NBA has 30 clubs and 16 playoff teams.

It's not insane for the Major League Baseball to consider changes, but the tweaks outlined in Sherman's report are too drastic to be taken seriously.