MLB is Looking To Expand The Postseason

By Scott Manning
Feb. 11, 2020

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Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Major League Baseball is looking to shake up the format of the postseason starting in 2022. According to the New York Times, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is looking to make some major changes to the playoff format.

And I will say this, you will be thinking WHAT IS THIS GUY DOING!!!!!!.

This is what MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has proposed. The first thing Manfred wants to do, expand the playoff teams form 10 teams to 14 teams. How does he want to do that you ask, first off whoever has the best record in the American and National League's will draw a bye in the first round. The second part of the proposal is the other two division winners and the highest wildcard team will pick their opponents in a televised seeding showdown.

So in short the top seven teams would get into the playoffs with the best team in the league getting a bye in the first round. The other two division winners and the highest wildcard team would get homefield advantage in the first round.

The Second round would be a best of five. The LCS and World Series would stay the same.

I saw this story after somebody shared it with me on Facebook and all I had to say was what in the wide world of sports is this.

I asked some of my friends and family what they thought of it and almost all of them said they are so against it it's not even funny and it's nothing to brag about. Even my Dad, and he's the one who just sits back and watches everybody else talk about it and he even said, this guy and MLB are nothing but a bunch of whack jobs. This is a sham and Major League Baseball is going to go in the toilet and fast if this happens.

So of my friends even said " this ain't going to happen unless we expand in the number of teams form 30 to 32." And that's what my friends and family had to say.

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Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has proposed some left field ideas in the past but this one takes the cake.

Here's my proposal to change the MLB playoffs..

No.1, Expand the number of teams form 30 to 32: We have 30 MLB teams right now and we have not expanded in over two decades. I think it's time to expand form what we have now. I know that if you stop and think about it for a second, Look at the National League Central and the teams they have. The have Cincinnati, Chicago Cubs, St Louis, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. I have one city we could add and that is Indianapolis and that would be something to look in to. That's No.1

No.2, Due away with the Wildcard: It's very simple, the top-8 teams would get into the playoffs with the top-4 getting homefield for the first weekend and it would be a one game playoff, either you win or go home. It would be 1-vs-8, 2-vs-7, you get the idea. But doing away with the Wildcard sounds crazy but it makes since.

No.3, Make the League Division series the best 2-of-3: I know it sounds like I'm being an absolute idiot but if you want the playoff expansion it makes since to make the LDS a best of three with the higher seed getting homefield advantage. If you stop and think about it for a second who's tired of seeing a sweep in the first round.

No.4, Leave the LCS and World Series format's alone: I still do think the LCS and World Series should still be a best of seven. That's what everybody lives for. I would much rather shorten the division series because who watches it, the fan bases of the teams that are in it plain and simple. Now the LCS and World Series that's when viewership jumps through the roof. That's what everybody wants and that's the way it should be.

Hey Manfred, here's my proposal maybe you should look at it.

Bottom Line..