MLB playoff expansion looks like a real possibly for the future of the game. A 2012 MLB Playoffs expansion appears to be one of the host topics during offseason discussions, and it could be something that brings more teams into the baseball postseason. It isn’t that surprising that baseball would want to do something like this, especially if it means that more revenue could be made for the league. Now it seems that there is no real opposition to the plan, and we could expect more playoff rounds as soon as the 2012 season.
According to ESPN, it looks like the plan to expand baseball’s playoffs another round is all but an inevitability after no owners or general managers were opposed to the plan. This is the latest plan that Commissioner Bud Selig (and his team) has come up with in order to improve the structure of the playoffs; this is the same man who was responsible for originally putting the wild card plan into existence.
When he did that originally, there was quite a bit of back-lash from people who claimed it was a terrible idea, but since it has come into creation, having wild card playoff teams in baseball has just made the postseason run even more exciting.
Under this new playoff expansion plan, one extra wild card team would be added to each league, increasing the total number of playoff teams from eight to 10. There would also be an additional round added to the postseason, with the two wild card teams from each league playing against each other to see who would advance to the divisional series. The plan would make the postseason run even more competitive for many teams, and it would give two additional cities the postseason revenues that can come from ticket sales and television rights to those games in October.
It’s hard to see where anyone would think that this is a bad idea, as it would just give one more team in each league a chance at advancing to the World Series. The one possible downside could be that the best teams (division winners) would have a number of off-days while the wild card teams battle it out. That could be solved by having them play that series two days after the regular season ended, and have it be a best-of-three series. That would create some really exciting baseball between the two wild card teams, and give the best teams a chance to set their rotations for the second round.