Minutes ago, we shared a tweet from Ken Rosenthal, saying that MLB adding two new wild card slots in 2012 was a "go". Now we're going to pull back just a tiny little bit:
Told agreement on expanded playoffs isn't final, but will happen. Same thing on announcement. Not certain for tomorrow, but possible. #MLB— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 29, 2012
Momentum for expanded playoff is there. Its buds baby so hard to see it not happening. But have not heard there's a deal for it yet— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 29, 2012
Let's face it: it's probably just a matter of time. Ken Rosenthal says it's basically guaranteed. Jon Heyman doesn't go that far, but suggests he'd be surprised if an agreement isn't reached. Barring some complete and utter surprise, there are going to be ten playoff baseball teams in 2012. We're just waiting on MLB to realize it.
In case you don't remember, the two wild cards in each league would play a one-game playoff, with the winner advancing to the division series and the loser returning home and wondering what just happened.