MLB plans on expanded playoffs

© Jerry Lai | 2018 Oct 19
Photo credit © Jerry Lai | 2018 Oct 19
By , SportsRadio 105.7FM The Fan
With just hours to go before first pitch of the 2020 shortened MLB season, the players have approved expanded playoffs for the 2020 MLB season causing an increase from 10 to 16 teams making the postseason.

The union has approved the agreement discussed with MLB for expanded playoffs, only for the 2020 postseason; that agreement is now subject only to ratification by the owners, sources tell ESPN.

— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) July 23, 2020

How will this impact the format of the playoffs? Well, according to an article by Bob Nightengale, "The winners of the first round will advance to the best-of-five division series and traditional best of seven League Championship Series and World Series."

Multiple reports say that each of the top-2 teams in each division in baseball will make the playoffs and the final two teams will be determined by record. 

Here is what the 16-team playoff would have looked like last season:

Here's what the MLB playoff field would have looked like last year under the new expanded 16-team playoffAL:1. Astros2. Yankees3. Twins4. A's5. Rays6. Indians7. Red Sox8. RangersNL:1. Dodgers2. Braves3. Nationals4. Cardinals5. Brewers6. Mets7. D-Backs8. Cubs

— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) July 23, 2020

If finalized, the new rules will only be in place for the 2020 season according to reports.