3/2 Hoyer: New format could change dynamics

Major League Baseball is considering expanding the playoff format in 2012. The proposal is to add two additional Wild Card teams and create a one-game first-round playoff in each league.

“I think it’s great for the game,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “I don’t think we know all the ramifications yet, such as will there be fewer players available at the [trade] deadline. I think how it plays out will be interesting.”

There could be more teams interested as buyers than sellers at the Trading Deadline.

“I think the new [playoff] system will change a lot of the dynamics, and how that evolves will be fascinating to watch,” Hoyer said. “I like the fact that there will be a lot of teams involved. October baseball is a great thing and I do think they did a good job in that now winning the division means that much more and there’s a clear advantage in that. It gives a lot of teams a lot of hope, and when you have a 162-game schedule, hope is a good thing.”

— Carrie Muskat


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