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MLB Releases New Playoff Schedule For 2022, World Series Dates Set to Rewrite History Books

Published 08/16/2022, 1:00 PM EDT

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After a long time in baseball history, the World Series has got a new and longer format. A new playoff schedule got released by MLB on Monday. There were notable dates for the newly expanded postseason. 

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The playing itinerary for MLB changed way back in 2001 after the 9/11 tragedy. All the games got postponed from the mentioned date onwards. The tournament ran into winter. The next delay was in 2009. 


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This year, the games got delayed due to the lockout. The postseason will kick off on October 7. The games may go all the way back to November 5. This apparently is the latest finish date in MLB playoff history. 

A lengthier MLB season than ever played 

According to a source, under the newly released format, 12 teams will enter the postseason. The top two teams from each league will obviously get the first-round byes. While the third-ranked team will round up against the sixth-ranked team. Whereas the fourth-ranked team will round up against the fifth-ranked team. Those will be part of a three-game series. 

The best-of-five division series will start on October 11. The winner of the third seed and sixth seed teams’ matchup will face the top team. While the winner of the fourth seed and fifth seed teams’ matchup will face the second best team. 


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The Championship series will start on October 18 for the National League. Whereas it will start on October 19 for the American League. The games will be in a best-of-seven format. On October 28, Friday, the remaining top two teams will fight it out in a best-of-seven World Series. 

A brief note of the longer format 

For the first time since 1915, the Championship round will begin on a Friday. If the series gets tied at 3-3 for both teams each and the extra seventh game is required to decide the winner, they will host the game on November 5. Previously, on two occasions, the World Series has gone as late as November 4. The first instance happened in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks. That mishap caused a one-week delay at the end of the regular season. The next such instance was in 2009 when the games got contested with the summer fading off. 


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Madhurjya Bhuyan


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Madhurjya Bhuyan is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. He has a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in English Literature from Gauhati University and IGNOU, respectively, and also possesses prior professional experience as a content developer. Being a performance artist since childhood, Madhurjya has always aimed to contribute towards creativity in any possible manner, and writing only boosts that desire.
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