Any proposal would have to be negotiated with the players' association.
Furthermore, the changes would place added significance on winning the division as that round exclusively would be played at home and against a handpicked opponent in a new best-of-three series.
The two remaining division winners and the Wild Card team with the best record of the four would each host all games of a best-of-three series in the opening round.
According to the New York Post, the playoff-extension model would give the team with the best overall records in each league a bye, putting them straight through to the Division Series, and then division winners and teams with the second-best record would pick their own playoff opponents.
A three game wild card would have certainly helped the Pirates in 2014 or 2015, when they were mowed down by Madison Bumgarner and Jake Arrieta, two pitchers who were on historically epic runs, in the wild card game each season. The two other division winners and wild-card teams would start in a best-of-three round.
The winners of the wild-card series would advance to the divisional round.
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 selections would be made on a televised show. While a three-game wild card round has been tossed around informally for years, this is one of the most serious proposals for moving away from the do-or-die game. First, it would lead to more teams contending, driving fan interest and increasing competitiveness through the second half of the season. The league is considering having a "Selection Sunday"-type show where teams select their opponents before the playoffs begin".
Expanded playoffs would create more content for broadcasters.
MLB's deals with ESPN and Turner both expire after the 2021 season.
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