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MLB Expands Playoffs to 10 Teams

National Sports

0  Updated at 12:49 pm, March 2nd, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Major League Baseball and the union agreed on Friday to expand the playoffs by adding 10 teams into October.

Both sides agreed on extending the playoff field back in December once the new labor agreement was passed as long as they could figure out how it would work.

Sources at the meetings on Friday, said that the No. 4 and 5 seeds in each league — the wild-card teams — will meet in a one-game playoff, with the three division winners awarded a first-round bye.

“The enthusiasm for the 10-team structure among our clubs, fans and partners has been overwhelming,” commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “This change increases the rewards of a division championship and allows two additional markets to experience playoff baseball each year, all while maintaining the most exclusive postseason in professional sports.”

If the 10-team playoff can be anything like the last day of the 2011 season was, both sides will be smiling come this October.

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