Major League Baseball expands playoff format from eight teams to 10

Major League Baseball expands playoff format from eight teams to 10

March 2nd, 2012 by Associated Press in Local Regional News

NEW YORK - Major League Baseball is expanding its playoff format to 10 teams.

MLB announced the move Friday, adding two clubs to the postseason format.

A second wild-card team now will be included in each league. There then will be a one-game playoff to decide which team advances.

Commissioner Bud Selig says the change "increases the rewards of a division championship and allows two additional markets to experience playoff baseball each year."

This is the first change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.


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