Major League Baseball and also the MLB Athletes Organization agreed Thursday to increase the playoffs to 16 teams for the 2020 season, the sides introduced.
” This period will be a sprint to a brand-new layout that will permit much more followers to experience playoff baseball,” commissioner Rob Manfred claimed in a statement announcing the expansion. “We look forward to a remarkable Postseason concluding a year like no other.”
All second-place teams in the six divisions will currently get the playoffs. The 7th and also 8th groups in each league will certainly be selected by best record.
The first round of the playoffs, scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 2, in each league will certainly be 4 three-game collection with all video games played at the greater seed’s residence arena. The remainder of the rounds will certainly be their customary size: Both Department Series in each organization will be five-game collection, while the AL as well as NL Championship Collection and also World Series will certainly be seven-game series.
“We wish it will result in highly affordable pennant races in addition to interesting extra playoff games to the advantage of the industry and all included heading right into following year,” MLBPA exec supervisor Tony Clark said in the declaration.
ESPN as well as TBS will exclusively air the first round, with seven of the series on ESPN and the 8th on TBS.
Gamers will obtain a $50 million swimming pool that will certainly be distributed after each round as well as can boost if followers are admitted stadiums for the postseason.
Resources stated an important element for the players was player and also family members real estate and also accessibility to the stadium throughout the playoffs.
The adjustment means 53% of the 30 teams reach the playoffs. If 8 groups gotten approved for the playoffs in each league from 1995 with 2019, 46 teams at or below.500 would have made it, according to the Elias Sports Bureau information, approximately simply under 2 per period. Those teams included 25 from the AL
. There would certainly have been just 3 periods in which all playoff teams would have had winning documents, Elias stated: 2000, 2003 as well as 2009.
The only time in the past 10 periods that 8 teams in each league ended up at or above.500 was in 2012, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
The Associated Press contributed to this record.