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MLB Adopts Expanded Postseason Format_030212

MLB Adopts Expanded Postseason Format_030212

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2012
MLB ADOPTS EXPANDED FORMAT FOR 2012 POSTSEASONTwo Additional Wild Cards Will Form 10-Team Postseason in 2012,Marking First Change to Postseason Format Since 1994
The 2012 Postseason will feature a 10-team format that includes two additional Wild Card Clubs and anelimination game in each League prior to the Division Series, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Seligannounced today.Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association agreed to the changes to thenew Postseason format as a part of last year’s collective bargaining. The new Basic Agreement, announced onNovember 22
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, provided that MLB and the MLBPA would expand the Postseason no later than 2013; that asecond Wild Card would be awarded in both the American League and the National League; and that a singlePostseason game would be played between each League’s two Wild Card Clubs, with each winner advancing tocompete among the three division champions from each League in the Division Series. Following furtherdiscussions to address player concerns, the parties agreed that the new format would be used in 2012.The change, which was endorsed by the Commissioner’s 14-member Special Committee for On-FieldMatters, marks the first amendment to the Postseason since MLB adopted the six-division, eight-team Postseasonstructure in January of 1994. The first Postseason to be played under that format occurred in 1995.Commissioner Selig said: “I greatly appreciate the MLBPA’s cooperation in putting the new Postseasonformat in place this year. The enthusiasm for the 10-team structure among our Clubs, fans and partners has beenoverwhelming. This change increases the rewards of a division championship and allows two additional markets toexperience playoff baseball each year, all while maintaining the most exclusive Postseason in professional sports.” Michael Weiner, the Executive Director of the MLBPA, said: “The players are eager to begin playing underthis new format in 2012 and they look forward to moving to full realignment in 2013. Our negotiating committeeand the owners’ representatives worked hard to develop a schedule that should make for fairer competition andprovide our fans with a very exciting season.” 

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