MLB To Expand Playoff System And Create Two 15-Team Leagues

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Major League Baseball and the Players Association have all but agreed upon adding two wild-card teams and holding one-game playoffs in each league to determine which of the wild cards advances.

The playoff teams could be added as soon as 2012 but no later than 2013.

Both sides agree, by adding a second wild card in each league they are bolstering the importance of winning divisions because no club would want to settle for being a wild card and have to play an extra round of playoffs; especially a one-game playoff.

Additionally, Sherman says that there also is a lot of work being done on creating two 15-team leagues, which is tied up with the sale of the Astros because Houston is the club most likely to be moved from the NL to the AL to even the number of clubs in each league.

That sounds kind of weird to me because unless one NL team is playing one AL team, one team in each league will be idle for every series of the season.

If they do decide that their will be two inter-league matchups every week, it kind of steals the thunder away from the regular inter-league part of the schedule.


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