Major League Baseball considering expanding playoffs to 14 teams

Report: MLB weighing major changes to postseason, would allow teams to pick their opponent

New York Post made a good point in its report suggesting that the more available playoff spots, the less tanking there should be around the league. If all of the proposed changes are implemented, that would be one of the least dramatic. It would give the club with the best record in each league a bye of the wild-card round and direct pass to the Division Series, the Post reported Monday.

The concept includes allowing the two other division winners and wild card teams with the best record to host all three games of a best-of-three wild-card round.

Follow all that? Here's where it gets even more interesting. The division victor with the second-best record gets to pick its playoff opponent for a best-of-three series, which replaces the current wild-card format.

"The plan is to have this all play out on a show on the Sunday night the regular season ends and have representatives picking teams on live TV - think the NCAA selection show, but just with the teams making the selections".

Report: MLB weighing major changes to postseason, would allow teams to pick their opponent

MLB presented the rule change ideas to the Major League Baseball Players Association last month. The other division victor would then choose its opponent from the remaining teams, leaving the final two teams to face each other. Also, MLB wants to make the regular season more meaningful by having the regular season series between two teams serve as the tiebreaker in the event that two teams finish with the same regular season record. TV, of course. More playoff games means a richer package as Major League Baseball negotiates its next contract with networks, especially if there's a NCAA Tournament feel to the opening round of the postseason, with 4-6 games in a day.

The final matchup would pit the wild-card victor with the best record against the wild-card team not yet chosen.

A current player claiming the commissioner of baseball has "absolutely no clue about baseball" is the definition of a strong take.

The winners of the wild-card series would advance to the divisional round.



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