I really believe we'll have the [extra] wild card for this year. Clubs really want it. I don't think I've ever seen an issue that the clubs want more than to have the extra wild card. ... It looks to me like we'll have it, because I've told everybody we have to have it. It will be exciting. A one-game playoff and it will start the playoffs in a very exciting manner.The two wild card teams in each league would play a one-game playoff. (If teams tie for first place in a division, they would play a one-game playoff to determine playoff position.) The winner of the wild card playoff would then play the team with the best record in the league. That would likely mean the end of the rule stating that the wild card team cannot play the first place team in its division, regardless of record (Red Sox/Yankees ALDS, anyone?).
Having two wild cards could mean that a third-place team from a particularly strong division could win the World Series.