Report: MLB weighing major changes to postseason, would allow teams to pick their opponent
14 February, 2020, 13:43
Instead of expanding the number of mediocre teams to reach the series ("Playoff field could grow to 14 teams", February 11), I suggest Major League Baseball go back to the pre-division days of baseball whereby only the two best teams entered the series at the end of the season. Each league's best team would get a bye into the Division Series, while the other two division winners and the top wild card would host all three games of a short series against the remaining three wild cards. The division winners with the second-best record in each league would get to pick their opponents from the winners of the three-game wild card matchups.
The division victor with the worst record would then choose its opponent from the remaining two wild-card teams.
It's unclear why exactly Bauer hates the alleged proposal - he wouldn't elaborate - but the new rules reportedly wouldn't take place until at least 2022.
Currently, two teams from each league play a winner-take-all wild-card game, and the victor faces the team with the league's best record.
Shermanreports that the regular season series between teams would be used to solve tiebreakers at the end of the season, eliminating the need for a 163rd game. In theory, though, additional playoff teams should provide elements that the union has been wanting. If this proposal was in effect the last four years, three teams with losing records would have made the playoffs.