MLB flirts with playoff format change

With spring training approaching and the new baseball season in sight, league officials are entertaining the idea of changing baseball's postseason for the future.

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February 12, 2020 - 10:28 AM

Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield is congratulated by teammate Nicky Lopez after hitting a home run off Adam Plutko. Photo by John Kuntz/cleveland.com

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is considering expanding the playoffs to nearly half the 30 teams and allowing higher-seeded wild-card teams to choose opponents.

The playoffs would grow from 10 clubs to 14 under the plan, first reported Monday by the New York Post. There would be four wild cards in each league, up from two.

Details were confirmed by a person familiar with the proposal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because MLB did not authorize any public comments. Another person, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said MLB has been looking at several plans.

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