Major League Baseball is reportedly proposing not just tweaking their current playoff system but blowing up the whole thing.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, MLB is not only considering expanding the number of playoff teams from 10 to 14 — six division winners and eight wild-cards — but revamping the seeding process.
Sherman’s full report can be found here.
In the proposal, which MLB is seriously considering, the team with the most wins in each league will get a first-round bye from a three-game wild card round. After that, the other two division winners and the wild card team with the most wins will then pick who they want to play in that best-of-three series.
So if the team with the second best record wants to, they can choose to face the team with the worst record that qualified for the playoffs. 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.
© 2020 © 2020 Cox Media Group