MLB: What’s New Here to Stay?

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred mentioned that the 16-team format introduced this year for the playoffs is expected to be in effect for years to come.

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According to what the daily said Washington post, the leader expressed his thoughts in front of a virtual panel organized by the Hofstra University School of Management on Monday. In particular, he said that the changes put in place this year had received the support of a majority of owners, and this, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to make major changes to the regular schedule and playoffs.

« I think there is a lot to highlight in that regard and one of these changes, I hope will become a permanent part of our world, » Manfred said of the playoffs.

In 1995, the big leagues allowed playoff participation from four clubs in each league. Then, another formation was added within the National and the American in 2012.

This year, the first two teams from each section will be admitted, as will the two best thirds. In addition, the playoffs will take place in neutral bubbles – San Diego, Los Angeles, Houston and Arlington – from the divisional playoffs. Notably, the World Series will take place at the home of the Texas Rangers, Globe Life Field.

Other wise decisions?

Meanwhile, Manfred refused to confirm the return of the designated hitter in both leagues and runner’s rule to second base for 2021 to start overtime innings. However, he believes both of these initiatives have been successful so far.

“One of the few good consequences of this pandemic is that we had the opportunity to try different things spread over a year. I think overall it has been very positive, ”he said.

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