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MLB NEWS & NOTES: WILD CARD COULD BE OUT UNDER REALIGNMENT
Published September 26, 1997
MLB "will eliminate wild-card teams for the playoffs if the leading realignment plan is approved," according to Hal Bodley of USA TODAY. The NL would have four four-team divisions, putting its four champions in the playoffs. The AL format "is being debated, but the likely structure is two seven-team divisions" with the two division winners and two runners-up making the playoffs (USA TODAY, 9/26). WHAT ABOUT BOB? PART II: In THE SPORTING NEWS, Bob Costas writes his second installment on MLB, offering thoughts on realignment, interleague play, the DH and the future of MLB. Costas: "Baseball's revenues and fan base are massive. That is not to say each could not be improved. It is to say they are more than sufficient for the game to survive if its salary structure and revenue distribution made any sense" (THE SPORTING NEWS, 9/29 issue).