X) POST SEASON

The Complete Rulebook of the MWBLA) Playoff qualifiers will be the (3) Division winners, (3) 2nd place finishers of their division, and the next (2) teams with the best record from each league.

1) The division winners will be ranked in the top three (3) spots based on their winning percentage.

2) The next (5) teams, based on winning percentage will be ranked in seeds 4-8.

3) A non-division winner can never be in the top 3 spots.

B) Tie-Breakers for Division Winners, Playoff Qualifiers, and Playoff Seeds.

1) MWBL rules are aligned with MLB rules as follows:

1. Determine Division Winners first before determining wild cards and seeding.

2. Head-To-Head Record

a. If teams are tied based on the total record, the best head-to-head winning percentage between the two teams will be granted the higher seeding, and, if applicable, the division title.

(i) If multiple teams are tied based on head-to-head record, the combined head-to-head winning percentage against all of the teams in the tie-breaker is considered

3. Intradivision Record

a. If teams are tied after the Head-To-Head Tiebreaker, then the team with the best winning percentage within their division will break the tie.

(i) This tiebreaker is still applicable to teams that are NOT in the same division.

4. Last Half of Intraleague Games

a. If teams are tied after the Intradivision Tiebreaker, the next tiebreaker will be the best winning percentage in the final half of the regular season (typically the final 81 games).

5. Last Half of Intraleague Games + X

a. If teams are tied after the Last Half of Interleague Games Tiebreaker, the previous game to the last half of the season will be included in the games included in the tiebreaker (typically the final 82 games). If the teams are still tied, an additional game is added on for consideration until the tie is broken.

C) Post-Season playoffs will consist of four rounds with all rounds being the best-of-seven series. Teams will utilize a 27-man roster compliant with IV.B.2. following the restrictions below in X.E.

1) Round 1 – Wild Card Round (WCR)

(a) Matchups in each league will be seeds 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, and 4 vs 5
(b) The series will be a best-of-seven matchup, with the exception that Division Winners require only 3 wins to advance past the Wild Card Round.
(c) The games will be played in a 2-3-2 format, with the higher seed hosting the first 2 and final 2 games and the lower seed hosting the middle 3 games.

2) Round 2 – Division Series (LDS)

(a) Matchups in each league will have the highest remaining seed playing against the lowest remaining seed. The remaining two teams will play each other.
(b) The series will be a best-of-seven matchup.
(c) The games will be played in a 2-3-2 format, with the higher seed hosting the first 2 and final 2 games and the lower seed hosting the middle 3 games.

3) Round 3 – League Championship Series (LCS)

(a) Winners of the LDS will meet for each league.
(b) The series will be a best-of-seven matchup.
(c) The games will be played in a 2-3-2 format, with the higher seed hosting the first 2 and final 2 games and the lower seed hosting the middle 3 games.

4) Round 4 – World Series

(a) Winners of the LCS will meet.
(b) The series will be a best-of-seven matchup.
(c) 
The games will be played in a 2-3-2 format. The host for games 1, 2, 6, and 7 are on a rotating basis with the American League team hosting these games in EVEN numbered seasons and the National League team hosting them in ODD numbered seasons. (the actual calendar year is used in this calculation).

D) Days of Rest

1) There will be one day of rest between the end of the Regular Season and the start of the Wild Card Round.
2) Regardless of when the previous series ends, all subsequent series start dates will be based on the previous series going their maximum duration and one additional day off between each series.
3) The format for WCR, LDS, LCS, and WS playoff games will be Two Games, (off day), Three Games, (off day), and Two Games.

E) Post-Season Restrictions

1) A Position Player or Pitcher must have appeared in at least 5 games in the current MWBL Regular Season for the Team that wishes to use the Player/Pitcher in the Post Season.
2) Pitcher Availability

(a) All teams must have a minimum of 9 pitchers on their 27-man Post Season roster.

(i) Of the 9 pitchers, there must be a minimum of 4 starting pitchers who meet the Post Season Pitching restrictions.

(b) Pitchers (Starters & Relievers) must have at least 20 IP in the corresponding MLB season AND pitch 20 IP during the MWBL Regular Season in order to be allowed to appear in the postseason.

(c) A Pitcher must have at least 12 Regular Season STARTS in either MWBL Regular Season or corresponding MLB season AND pitch 50 innings during the MWBL Regular Season in order to be allowed to START in the Post Season.

(i) This does not affect how much a pitcher can be used in the post-season, but it does affect who can START games in the post-season.
(ii) A pitcher who is not qualified to start due to regular season usage limitations can not be counted in the 4 Starter Minimum for the Post Season Roster.
(iii) If a team finds that it has no available starters due to injury, they are allowed to bring up a qualified starter from their farm for the next start or start a fatigued starter.

(d) Position Player Availability

(i) Position players must have at least 125 plate appearances in both the MLB and MWBL regular season in order to start or enter the game prior to the 6th inning for any game in the MWBL playoffs.
(ii) Exception: Injuries or as a pinch-hitter (to then be removed)
(iii) All position players on the playoff roster must have at least 75 PA in both the MLB and MWBL regular seasons.

a. It is the team’s responsibility to inform the league office before the series begins so the steal rating can be altered, however, it is encouraged that each team reviews their opponent’s roster to be sure each team is in line.
b. If any series has begun, adjustments cannot be made and the teams will have to come to an understanding during their series.
c. It is NOT the Commissioner’s Office’s responsibility to look over Post Season rosters
d. Micro-Manager: When a Micro-Manager must be used in the playoffs, due to an owner’s availability, they will not be expected to follow any rules rule limiting a player’s entry to a particular inning.

F) Post-Season Injury

1) If ‘Live’ – an injured player may be moved after the game in which the player was injured is complete
2) If not ‘Live’, injured players can be moved during the file update cycle. Injured players moved will be put on the appropriate DL list consistent with the player’s injury, or longer at the Owner’s discretion.

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