MLB Reportedly Close To Expanding Playoff Format

NEW YORK (WFAN) —  Major League Baseball is very close to expanding its playoff format from eight teams to 10 for the upcoming season, according to’s Jon Heyman.

If and when Major League Baseball and the players’ association come to an agreement, a second Wild Card team would be added in both the American League and the National League. Commissioner Bud Selig had set a March 1 deadline for the expansion to go into effect, and Heyman reports that an official announcement could be made by Thursday.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal similarly reported that the expansion was near completion. According to Rosenthal, the latest collective-bargaining agreement cemented that two additional Wild Card teams would be added no later than 2013, but Selig insisted that the new format should go into effect this season.

It is not yet determined how a new format would affect the start times of games in the final days of the regular season.

Should Major League Baseball add two additional Wild Card teams? Will it help or hurt the playoffs? Let us know…

  • jimmyp

    this is stupid i remember only 4 teams going to the playoffs

  • HYH

    They are ruining baseball. I realize it is a business, and at the end of the day it is all about business and revenue and profits and expanding the playoffs makes more money but seriously………it is ridiculous in all pro sports. Totally dilutes the playoff concept by basically including everybody, even if they haven’t had a ,500 season or mediocre season. Playoffs are supposed to be about the best of the divisions battling it out to get to championship and then the championship means something. UGH!

  • adam j. mack

    ”I could happen at any day or any time.”

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