The MLB plans a crazy revolution
Published by Giselle
February 11, 2020 4:11 pm
The MLB is apparently thinking about increasing the playoffs with an opponent voting right for the best teams – live on TV. A star attacks the league boss on Twitter.
In the meantime, various US media have confirmed a corresponding report in the New York Post with their information.
According to the report, the playoffs are to be expanded from the current ten to 14 teams, with the three division winners and four wildcard teams in the American League and National League each reaching the postseason.
MLB: Selecting opponents live on TV?
The best team in the league would have a walk-through in the first round, but after that, it gets really interesting.
The two worse division winners and the best wildcard team would host a best-of-three series in their own stadium, with the two division winners – and this is the crazy part – choosing their opponent from the three remaining wildcard teams – and live on TV.
In this format, reminiscent of reality TV, the second-best division winner would select first, followed by the worst division winner, leaving a duel between the best wildcard team and the team not previously selected as opponents.
More suspense and more TV money
Major League Baseball is hoping for more interest from the fans – just imagine if the New York Yankees could choose to play live against their archrival Boston Red Sox.
Also, the TV contracts for the wildcard round, two-division series, and a championship series with ESPN and Turner 2021 are expiring. More games would mean more money, as streaming giants Amazon and DAZN are also apparently thinking about getting in.
The World Series and other playoff series are still with Fox until 2028.
But the players’ union would have to agree to this curious plan anyway, as their collective bargaining agreement with the MLB also expires in 2021.
“A meaningful extension of the playoffs can certainly be discussed if the situation of our game is discussed in general”, said union boss and former player Tony Clark in a statement.
“You’re a joke!” Star attacks MLB boss
Shortly before the start of the preparations, however, critical voices were immediately heard. Star pitcher Trevor Bauer (Cincinnati Reds) sharply attacked Commissioner Rob Manfred on Twitter.
“I don’t know who came up with the format, but Rob is responsible, so I’ll tell them: Your proposal is absurd for too many reasons to put on Twitter. It proves that they don’t know anything about baseball. You are a joke”, Bauer wrote.
The discussion about this plan has only just begun.