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Phillies’ Joe Girardi backs MLB’s altered postseason format

Major League Baseball on Tuesday officially announced the format for the revamped and expanded 2020 postseason, and at least one big-league manager is on board with the plan.

Philadelphia Phillies skipper Joe Girardi reacted positively this week to the unique steps MLB has taken in order to finish off a campaign plagued by unprecedented circumstances related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

One key aspect of how things are laid out schedule-wise is that teams presumably will be pressured to rely upon five-man starting rotations or rush back starters on extremely short rest. Girardi specifically approves of that component.

“I actually like it,” the Phillies’ manager said Tuesday, before the Phillies and Mets faced off at Citizens Bank Park, per the New York Post. “Here’s why: It tells you the talent of the whole team. And it’s what we do for 162 games [in normal seasons]. We use five starters, and we have to do that. I’m actually a fan of it.

“And there might be a little bit more offense just because of that. I’m OK with it.”

Per the negotiated agreement between the league and MLBPA, the best-of-five League Division Series and the best-of-seven League Championship Series will be played without days off. Such a setup will undoubtedly place a premium on the depth of teams’ pitching staffs.

The World Series, however, will be played under more traditional scheduling circumstances.

Further, the aforementioned LDS and LCS series as well as the World Series will be played in bubbles after the best-of-three wild-card series are played at the home ballparks of the higher seeds.

On Tuesday, MLB shared the schedule and locations of the LDS, LCS and World Series.

Suffice to say, it will be an MLB postseason unlike any other in league history.