The division victor with the second-best record would select its wild-card opponent from the three wild-card winners not hosting a series. The clubs with the AL's and NL's best records would earn byes to their respective division series, with the other division winners picking their opponents from among the wild-card teams on live television.
Under the plan, "the division victor with the second-best record in a league would then get the first pick of its opponent from those lower three wild cards, then the other division victor would pick, leaving the last two wild cards to play each other", according to the Post. Sherman reports that the proposed new postseason format would see the top team from both the American League and National League receive a bye in the opening round, so they would automatically advance to the Division Series.More news: Trump praises Barr, attacks prosecutors in Roger Stone case
The talk is Major League Baseball doing a "Selection Sunday" of sorts on the final day of the regular season, with the best team in the AL and NL simply sitting back and watching the opening series play out. The two other division winners and the wild card with the next best record would each host all three games in a best-of-three wild-card round. Each series in this round would be a best-of-three.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the details Monday. It could increase fan interest and could benefit Major League Baseball via a richer television-rights package.More news: Eminem talks about his surprise 'Lose Yourself' performance at the Oscars
"Expanding the playoffs in a sensible way is something worth discussing when part of a much more comprehensive conversation about the current state of our game", union head Tony Clark said in a statement. The introduction of the wild-card game in 2012 has added plenty of excitement to October baseball, but this postseason proposal would eliminate that matchup.More news: Court denies Apple's appeal in VirnetX patent-infringement case
MLB's deals with ESPN and Turner both expire after the 2021 season.