The deal will pay Major League Baseball approximately $500 million annually, for a total value of around $3.5 billion.

The sport has always demanded excellence. These expanded playoffs will reward mediocrity, with potentially dire side effects.

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Some aspects of the baseball postseason will look familiar, but there are big changes this year. Here's what you need to know about the format and schedule.


Patrick Corbin closes book on his Nationals season with a loss to Mets in his final start

The 2019 World Series hero struggled to find a rhythm in the pandemic-shortened season and finishes the campaign 2-7.

Why the Nationals are testing out Juan Soto in right field

Soto, 21, played right field in the minor leagues before switching to left as a rookie with the Nationals.

Nationals fall to Phillies before being officially eliminated from the playoff race

Bryce Harper homers twice before the Nats’ flickering postseason hopes are later extinguished following San Francisco’s victory over Colorado.

The weather is turning cooler, signaling the approach of the postseason. Amid the playoff races still to be determined, desperation has set in.

A vehicle driven by the 21-year-old infielder collided with a motorcycle carrying three people.

“It was kind of scary there for a moment," said Boston's Michael Chavis, who was playing in left field and said he was heckled by the man.

Justin Verlander, 37, had been trying to return to the Astros from a bout of elbow soreness that forced him to the injured list just one start into the season.

Commissioner Rob Manfred for the first time left open the possibility of a limited number of fans being permitted to attend the later rounds of MLB’s postseason.

A hedge-fund manager who already has a small stake in the Mets, the 64-year-old Cohen is childhood fan of the team who reportedly would become the wealthiest owner in MLB.

Alec Mills becomes the second MLB pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season, following Lucas Giolito of the White Sox.

The postseason field will be heavily influenced by the outcomes of a slew of seven-inning doubleheaders, which MLB implemented this year to mitigate the effect of dozens of makeup games.

Fans aren't allowed in Major League Baseball parks this season, creating an opportunity for many to honor family and friends who have died.

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After playing the entire, 60-game regular season outside a controlled environment — with many players living at home with their families — MLB wants to switch to a bubble format for the postseason.

The performance fell just shy of the modern MLB record and left Manager Brian Snitker struggling to keep up.

The Yankees’ shocking, three-week free-fall from their customary perch in first place in the AL East has them fending off the Orioles, Tigers and Mariners for the final AL playoff spot.

Over the course of a 19-year career, Brock became a legendary base stealer and beloved Cardinal.

Right-hander strikes out seven in six innings of one-hit ball in his major league debut.

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On a September night 25 years ago, a shortstop and a city created what may have been the longest, best 10 minutes in baseball history.

Meeting athletes you idolized as a kid can be dangerous, because they might disappoint you. Tom Seaver was different.

Seaver, nicknamed "Tom Terrific," was a 12-time all-star and 311-game winner who helped the "Miracle Mets" win the 1969 World Series.

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Walker Buehler proved he and his fickle right index finger are playoff ready, Corey Seager homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 to earn their major league-leading 40th victory of the shortened 60-game season

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Don Mattingly returns this weekend to the Bronx, where his best years as a player always ended when the regular season did

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Yadier Molina singled twice to reach 2,000 career hits and the St. Louis Cardinals began a five-game series between playoff contenders by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2

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Salvador Perez hit a three-run home run, Maikel Franco hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 8-7

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The Astros are on the verge of clinching the American League’s last playoff spot

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