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The Pros and Cons of New MLB Playoff Format for Mariners

The baseball world was rocked back on Monday when Joel Sherman reported that MLB is proposing a brand new playoff format beginning in 2022 that would, amongst other things, raise the number of playoff teams from 5 in each league, to 7. Naturally, Mariners’ nation had some opinions.

You can read everything that is known about the proposal here, but anytime MLB implements a rule change, no matter how small, people instantly make hard opinions. Now granted, changing a playoff format isn’t small, but it isn’t close to official, which is something we should keep in mind.

The long-form proposal calls for 3 division winners, as always, and 4 wild card teams.