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MLB Expands Playoffs to 16 Teams


For the 2020 season, Major League Baseball has proposed and finalized a deal with the players union to expand the playoffs to 16 teams according to ESPN’s Marly Rivera.

According to USA Today, ‘The new playoff format will feature a best-of-three Wild Card Series in the first round instead of a sudden-death wild-card game. The top two teams in each division will qualify for the postseason – with the two other best teams in each league filling out the 16-team pool’.

This is the third major change Major League Baseball has their regular format because of COVID-19. The first two being adding a designated hitter to the National League and reducing the season down to 60 games.

Now multiple teams who would be on the cusp of a playoff birth during a regular year have a lot better chance to make the playoffs this season.

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