UNION NIXES UNIVERSAL DH, EXPANDED MLB PLAYOFFS

By Sam Bush

ESPN is reporting that the Major League Baseball Players Association has turned down the latest MLB proposal for the universal designated hitter and an expanded playoff format.

The union did not want to talk about a trade of the universal DH — which benefits a group of players — in return for expanded playoffs. Nonetheless, MLB included the two items in its proposal.

The universal DH and expanded playoff format were implemented for 2020 during the 60-game shortened regular season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NL teams have used a DH when playing in AL parks since interleague play was instituted in 1997.

MLB implemented a 16-team playoff format for the 2020 postseason. The top two teams in each division, plus the two remaining teams with the best records in each league, made up the eight-team fields in the American and National Leagues. The division winners were the top three seeds in each league, with the second-place teams slotted as seeds 4 through 6, and the remaining two qualifiers seeded Nos. 7 and 8.

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