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Playoffs Likely to Expand in 2012

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Come October, Major League Baseball fans could be treated to a brand new playoff format.

    There's been speculation for quite some time that the league would expand the playoffs to 10 teams and add a one-game playoff between two Wild Card teams in each league to advance to the Division Series. But with the season set to begin just more than a month from now, you'd think that new rule wouldn't take effect until 2013.

    But it seems as though that isn't the case.

    Reports from numerous sources are saying the union could agree to change the format for the upcoming season but that decision would have to be finalized by Thursday in order for it to take effect for 2012.

    The new format would change the game quite a bit, allowing an extra team in each league into the postseason and lowering the odds for each team to win the whole thing.

    Last season's final day would have never happened. In case you forgot, the final day of the 2011 regular season went down in the history books as possibly the greatest day of regular-season baseball in history as both wild card races came down to the final day and the Tampa Bay Rays erased a huge deficit against the New York Yankees to earn the Wild Card spot as the preseason favorite to win it all, the Boston Red Sox, missed out on the postseason.