A big point of contention between MLB and the MLBPA has been playoff expansion. The players’ association prefers a 12-team playoff format, while the owners, want a 14-team format. Yesterday, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that MLBPA is willing to re-visit the 14-team playoff format discussion to re-kindle the CBA negotiations.
Dodgers fans provided their thoughts on the prospect of a 14-team playoff format.
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— Roach! (@JRoach_909) March 4, 2022
One fan used it as an opportunity to take a shot at the arch rival San Francisco Giants.
AGAINST – it devalues the regular season. We don’t need any more 88 win teams stealing the World Series because they get hot at the right time.
— Tom (@la4052101) March 4, 2022
Mainly, baseball enthusiasts aren’t excited about the prospect of letting slightly above average clubs into the playoffs.
100% against. My concern isn’t owner revenue, it is product on the field. The current format has the best teams in the playoffs. I don’t need to see the second tier rewarded with a playoff birth. Division winners and wild cards are sufficient. Don’t add mediocrity
— Derek Pil?n (@derekpilon7) March 4, 2022
Against. It waters down the playoffs and only benefits mediocre teams. Unless they get ultra creative and ensure a crappy team doesn’t get a lucky upset over a team that performed better for an entire season.
— True to the Black and Gold (@granthamdc) March 4, 2022
Against ??. Virtually 1/2 the league. No thank you. Why play 162? Shorten the season and get right to it. It’s a joke. That is all. ???????
— BOBBY (@TheBobbyLama) March 4, 2022
The ever positive Gail Johnson is all up for whatever ends the MLB lockout.
I’m for whatever gets major league baseball players back to work.
— Gail Johnson (@GJOH29) March 4, 2022
One fan simply accepted the inevitably of a 14-team playoff coming to fruition.
Against. However, I can tell you from experience as a former employee of a professional sports league that tv rights deals are life blood. I don’t want more games from product standpoint, however,the revenue that comes with expanded playoffs is too much for ownership to pass up.
— Matt De La Rosa (@mattdelarosa) March 4, 2022
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