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MLB makes expanded playoffs official

Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:24 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 3:16 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Major League Baseball will officially expand the playoffs to 10 teams starting this season, it announced on Friday.

MLB Playoff expansion
The announcement has been expected for a couple of days, if not weeks. The new format will add another wild card team, with the two wild cards to play each other in one game with the winner moving on to face a division winner.

However, there is one catch that ramrodding the legislation in for 2012 created. Because of the set day for the end of the season and the start of the World Series, for this season only, the division series will begin at the home of lower seeded teams and the first two games will be played there, followed by a possible three home games for the team with "homefield advantage."

For 2013 and beyond, the division series will return to the 2-2-1 format that has been used.

"The enthusiasm for the 10-team structure among our clubs, fans and partners has been overwhelming," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "This change increases the rewards of a division championship and allows two additional markets to experience playoff baseball each year, all while maintaining the most exclusive postseason in professional sports."

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Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 12:09 pm
 

MLB makes expanded playoffs official

In related news, Selig announced that teams who are under .500 after the All Star break will be required to wear clown suits instead of their regular uniforms. Additionally, pie will be thrown in the face of any clown-suit-wearing batter upon a strikeout.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:18 am
 

MLB makes expanded playoffs official

Every series should be 7 games, it's the best way to determine who is better, no more 1 game 3 game and 5 game playoffs



Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:55 am
 

MLB makes expanded playoffs official

The support for this has been overwhelming?  This is stupid! 1 game playoff? On any day the worst team in baseball can besat the best so if 1 team has 15 more wins but has a bad game theyre out. Then lets say the worse team is so far back in the standings they cant win their division while the better team is still trying to get their division but fall short. That means the worse team has their ace set up while the better team doesnt. This is stupid! Has to be at least 3 games!



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 4:38 pm
 

MLB makes expanded playoffs official

MLB 365 (366) DAYS a year. The Boys of Summer? 



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 4:37 pm
 

MLB makes expanded playoffs official

MLB 365 (366) daqys a year. The Boys of Summer? 



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 4:24 pm
 

MLB makes expanded playoffs official

DROP 162 Games down to 150 - and make the "ONE GAME - WILD CARD" ( which is a joke ) and turn it into a 3 Game Series!



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2012 3:29 pm
 

MLB makes expanded playoffs official

So More Games = More Money.

Keep it up and we will see a World Series Played New Years Eve



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 2:04 pm
 

MLB makes expanded playoffs official

They should have dropped the season to 150 games and made the 2 Wild card teams play 3 or 5 games.  Theres no need for 162 games anymore, most records are not going to be topped and having more playoff excitement would be better than a 1 and done joke of a game.



This is the sort of attitude that only happens in the board room and not in the locker room.

Exactly WHICH of the records that aren't likely to be broken is the least important? It's UN-likely that somebody will break Cy Young's record for victories ... but since it was done once, well ... maybe ... but what's the point? Let's get straight to the playoffs. Best of 5.

To suggest that those records or milestones aren't important because you think the season is too long ... that's why we have to keep fixing the game. Baseball records are the game's lifeblood.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:36 pm
 

MLB makes expanded playoffs official

An extra wild card won't fix the problems with baseball and I would guess that everyone agrees. What is wrong with baseball is the ongoing belief that the Yankees are the reason the Pirates are bad.




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