Now, Bud Selig is looking to expand the MLB playoff field — albeit slightly.
The field would potentially grow from four teams per league to five starting in 2012, with an extra wild-card team in both the NL and AL joining the fray.
The two wild-card teams in each league would face off prior to the division series in either a one-game or three-game series.
Baseball expanded from two playoff teams to four in 1969, and from four to eight in 1995.
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