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Trevor Bauer rips ‘joke’ Rob Manfred over proposed MLB playoff changes

Trevor Bauer

MLB is considering some radical changes to its playoff format, and Trevor Bauer is no fan of the proposal.

The Cincinnati Reds pitcher tweeted on Monday night that the proposal was “absurd” for numerous reasons. Bauer directed his ire at Rob Manfred, calling the commissioner a “joke.”

The proposal would include expanding the playoff field to seven teams in each league; giving the top team in each league a bye into the divisional round; having a TV show where teams pick their opponents; and a 3-game series in the first round, where the higher-seeded team hosts all three games.

The good news is MLB is thinking of ways to modify its current system, which needs serious improvement. The problem is the proposal includes some bad ideas, such as a 3-game series (which is too short) where only one team hosts all three (which is unfair).

Bauer needs to share his extended thoughts on the subject, and his suggestion for how to be better. Bauer probably already has issues with Manfred over the way the Astros situation was handled, considering the pitcher has long taken issue with Houston’s methods.

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