Union Approves Agreement With MLB For Expanded Playoffs… Says Only For 2020

ESPN reporter Marly Rivera is reporting that the Players Union has come to an agreement with Major League Baseball to expand the playoffs to 16 teams. The news comes just four hours before the deadline and will reportedly “only affect the 2020 postseason”.

The expansion of MLB playoffs should bring a smile to the faces of small market teams and franchises like the Seattle Mariners, which hasn’t participated in the postseason since 2001. Ratings have continued to trend downward as owner’s pockets get deeper; so making a change that helps shoddy ownership reach the postseason seems like a solid move. 

Winning and attendance usually go hand in hand, so helping the fringe teams reach the playoffs is likely to create a winning illusion. The powerhouses of Major League Baseball will now hand select their first round opponent, while the fringe teams hall pass to the big stage to make life for the Yankees and Dodgers easier.

Ratings should improve after the COVID delay, but the effect of expanding MLB playoffs remains to be seen.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. I know I made that comment about choosing opponents in a previous article. I’ve felt higher seeds should have that ability for awhile.

    That said, I’m stunned that they would do it. If the #1 team picked you as their opponent, that opponent’s manager can play the disrespect card to his players. I would’ve never thought they’d have gone away from the “highest-lowest” matchups that have happened for years.

    I like it. Traditionalists gonna hate it. May as well experiment with things this year.

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