Mark Feinsand, writing for MLB.com:
MLB is considering a significant restructuring of its playoff format, one which would begin with a dramatic live television show during which two teams from each league would have the ability to select their first-round opponents.
The proposed format, which has been gaining traction among owners and within the Commissioner’s Office, would see the total number of playoff teams in each league increase from five to seven, with the Wild Card round expanding from a one-game playoff to a best-of-three series. The new format could go into effect as early as the 2022 season.
If this format had been in effect during the Mariners current 18 season playoff drought, they would have made the playoffs seven times during that span (2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2016, & 2018). For that alone, I’m in favor of expanding the playoffs.