Rob Manfred Is Ruining Baseball

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. points at first base umpire Ben May after being called out on strikes during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday Sept. 6 2019 in St. Petersburg Fla

Major League Baseball is considering expanding the playoffs to almost half the 30 teams and allowing higher-seeded wild-card teams to choose opponents.

The team with the best record in each league would get a first-round bye, and then the other two division winners and the wild-card club with the best record could end up picking their opponents in a televised seeding showdown.

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, according to Sherman.

Now, however, Major League Baseball appears to be considering arguably its most aggressive change (s) in quite some time, and as a result the postseason picture may look drastically different as soon as 2022. A team won each of the American and National leagues, and they met in the World Series. There is a proposal on the table to expand the current post season format from ten teams to fourteen teams. The top wild card would face whichever team is left over after the division winners make their choices.

For the moment, let's set aside any reservations you (or I) would have about such a postseason structure and instead figure out how it would have looked over the past eight years - since MLB last tinkered with the playoffs to add a fifth team in each league. That's a mighty big wish because the public may not like the idea of the best teams in baseball being able to choose their next opponent. The victor of this game in each league joins the three division champions in the Division Series. This is mostly due to the presence of MLB Advanced Media, which is a limited partner organization that controls a majority of the game's audio and video content. MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) operates MLB.com, as well as the 30 individual team websites via MLB.com.

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In addition to adding more playoff teams, some teams could be allowed to choose their opponents as part of a selection show on live television.

At this point in time, there is a measure of vindication in holding the contrary view to Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on just about anything.

The winners of the wild-card series would advance to the divisional round.

That the expanded format would lower the quality of playoff participants is clear, but how about fairness?

"No idea who made this new playoff format proposal, but Rob is responsible for releasing it, so I'll direct this to you, Rob Manfred", Bauer wrote.

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