Rob Manfred Says 16-Team Postseason Likely to Stay After 2020 MLB Season


More than half of the teams that make up Major League Baseball will make the playoffs in 2020 under the new expanded postseason format, but that may not just be a one-year move due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking during a virtual panel run by Hofstra University's Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Manfred said that the 16-team postseason is probably here to stay after the 2020 season (via Dave Sheinin of The Washington Post).

"I think there's a lot to commend it, and it is one of those changes I hope will become a permanent part of our landscape," Manfred said, adding that "an overwhelming majority" of MLB owners had supported this idea even before coronavirus postponed the season.

Since the adoption of the November 2011 CBA, the playoffs have featured 10 teams -- the three division winners and the two Wild Card spots from each league. Before that expansion, from 1995 to 2011, the playoffs consisted of eight teams total, as there was only one Wild Card spot. Before that, from 1969 to 1993, only four teams made the playoffs.

As you can see, there's been a trend to add more and more teams to the postseason over the years.

The overwhelming consensus on Twitter, from what I've seen, is that there are simply too many teams allowed in the playoffs under this new concept to make the postseason as meaningful as usual.

However, there are also those who like the idea that a team isn't necessarily out of the playoffs if a shaky regular season is caused by an injured star, and that an expanded format makes Cinderella teams more likely.

You can find out more about the 2020 postseason format by following the link below.

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