Breaking news, official announcement expected tomorrow
Basically, as previously expected, the 2 best second place teams will now face off in a 1 game elimination round to determine who goes forward to face the first place division winners in the playoffs.
Makes winning the division more important for powerhouse teams, as wildcard teams will be handicapped by being forced to play a 1 game do or die game (thus most likely using their Ace starter in that game, and not in a DS game 1, and putting the odds in favor of the division winning opponent.
Gives more teams a possible route to the playoffs, keeping more teams in contention longer. Now teams like the Blue Jays, Mets, Nationals, etc have greater hope of making the playoffs despite intense divisional opponents.
Anything can happen in a 1 game playoff. The 1998 Yankees could lose 1 game to the 1992 Mets, for example. It's random.
A 2nd Second Place team could win the world series.
The excitement of 2011's final day of the season wouldn't have happened.