Commissioner Manfred Speaks: Expanded Playoffs Staying, Rules Changes, Vaccine Expectations, More

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Tucked away in its writeup on the postseason schedule for this year, The Washington Post included comments from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s virtual town hall with Hofstra University this week, and I’m thinking you’re gonna want to see them. You can see more at The Athletic, too, though I’m mostly going to be focusing on the longer-term comments from the Commissioner.

Expanded Postseason

In the most surprising and impactful comments, Manfred said that he thinks the expanded postseason is likely to stay after this season. “I think there’s a lot to commend it,” he said of the structure, “and it is one of those changes I hope will become a permanent part of our landscape.” An “overwhelming majority” of owners wanted expanded postseason even before the pandemic.

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