The new MLB postseason

How expansion will affect September races, postseason schedule and much more

Updated: March 2, 2012, 6:00 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

For 6½ decades, baseball invited only two teams to its postseason extravaganza. Those were the days. It's now 2012, and this sport has actually quintupled that number. How will that change October life as we know and love it? Here's what it all means: The new postseason calendar

First off, we'll lay out the basics, as detailed by our sources. Then we'll do our best to explain how MLB came up with this plan.

Wed., Oct. 3: Last day of regular season.

Thurs., Oct. ...

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