With Major League Baseball adopting a 60-game regular season in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hall of Fame left-hander Tom Glavine is in favor of permanently shortening the schedule.
Glavine thinks a 154-game campaign could present an ideal opportunity to expand the postseason by an extra round, the Atlanta Braves legend told "Joe, Lo, & Dibs" on 95.7 The Game on Tuesday.
"I'm very much open to the discussion of shortening the season and adding to the playoffs," Glavine said. "I know that's been talked about for a lot of years. I know the purists in the game probably hate that, but the purists in the game hated the wild card, too, and the wild card's been pretty good for baseball."
Glavine believes that allowing more teams to compete in the postseason will boost excitement among a greater number of fan bases.
"Anything you can do to add excitement to teams and cities late in the year that maybe otherwise wouldn't have it, I don't think is a bad thing," he added.
MLB has typically deployed a 162-game season since 1961 in the American League and 1962 in the National League. It had previously operated on a 154-game slate since 1920.
Glavine, 54, posted a 305-203 record with a 3.54 ERA over a 22-year career between the Braves and the New York Mets. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.