“It’s a different kind of year, it’s a shortened year, and I think it’d be a great way to keep fan bases engaged throughout the entire season,” Yelich instructed reporters. “If you had eight teams from each league making it, you’d have a really tight race all the way down to the last day of the season. I think there would be a lot of teams in it, within a game or two, all the way down to the last day.”
Manager Joe Girardi of the Philadelphia Phillies — who haven’t reached the playoffs since 2011 — stated the expanded subject made sense as a result of it will comply with an uncommon regular-season schedule wherein groups didn’t play exterior their geographic areas.
“I think what really every organization and team asks for is, if you’re going to have wild cards, there’s some fairness to it,” Girardi instructed reporters. “And with only East playing East, Central playing Central and West playing West, there’s no crossover. So we’re not going to see any teams in the National League besides the teams in our division. So I think it is fair.”
There is precedent for increasing the playoffs on a short lived foundation. When a strike shut down the league for almost two months in 1981, M.L.B. cut up the season into halves, doubling the playoff subject from 4 to eight groups. The league reverted to a four-team playoff format in 1982 and didn’t stage one other division sequence till 1995.
The new format will increase the chance of a dropping crew making the playoffs. If the plan had been in place final season, for instance, the American League subject would have included the Yankees, Minnesota and Houston, who gained their divisions; Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Oakland, who completed second; plus Boston and Texas. Under that situation, the Texas Rangers (78-84) would have been the primary dropping crew within the postseason since 1981, when Kansas City completed 50-53 general however gained the second-half title in its division.
Baseball has lengthy had probably the most unique playoff subject, however with 16 of 30 groups now qualifying, it now matches the N.B.A.’s ordinary setup. In the N.F.L., 14 of 32 groups make the playoffs, and 16 of 31 groups qualify within the N.H.L.