Why MLB’s proposed playoff structure could hurt the Yankees

Why MLB’s proposed playoff structure could hurt the Yankees

In what was most certainly not an attempt to distract the baseball world from the continuously-devolving mess that is the league’s sign-stealing scandal, news leaked earlier this week that MLB is considering radical changes to its postseason structure. So enthused is the league by the apparent success of the Wild Card games that it wants unveil a full slate of Wild Card series. Under the hypothetical new structure, which could theoretically be in place by 2022, seven teams in each league would qualify for the postseason. The top seed in each league would secure a bye past the Wild Card round, while the remaining six teams would play best-of-three series to advance to what would essentially be a typical Divisional Series round. Basically, instead of having just one do-or-die play-in game before the start of the more traditional best-of-five/best-of-seven series, MLB could implement a smorgasbord of chaotic, action-packed, Wild Card fun. The proposal includes other interesting elements, most notably that the top two teams that had to play in the Wild Card round would get to choose their opponents. The biggest changes, though, are the simple ideas of adding more teams to the postseason and adding more short series. Those
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