MLBPA Rejects Both Expanded Playoffs & NL DH

By Adam Roberts – 1/25/2021

During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, baseball had just begun it’s spring training schedule and was saddled with figuring out how to hold a season. What we got was an abridged year with a number of rule experiments, such as the universal DH, extra-inning baserunners on second, and an expanded playoff. On those first and third experiments, the MLB Players Association is today rejecting proposals for both into the 2021 season.

Multiple reports say the union has shot down both ideas, which were used during the shortened 2020 season.

MLB used a 16-team playoff format this past season compared to 14 teams in years past. Under this format, a sub-500 Brewers team was able to make the postseason, albeit they were ousted fairly quickly by the eventual World Series champion Dodgers.