STATESVILLE, NC - The Appalachian League has announced it has implemented a new format for the 2010 playoffs, which will begin on September 1, 2010.
For the first time, four teams will qualify for the 2010 Appalachian League postseason with the second place team in each division now joining the two division winners. At the conclusion of the 68-game regular season, those four teams will then compete in a two-round playoff.
While the structure of how the teams will play each other in the first round has not been determined, each match-up in the first round will be a best-of-three series. The two winners of the first round will then meet in a best-of-three series to determine the Appalachian League Champion.
"I feel that with this change to our playoff format we will create added enthusiasm for our cities, fans, and players alike," said Lee Landers, President of the Appalachian League. "This will also create added excitement for teams competing for playoff spots down the stretch."
- From league press release. Should add some excitement for P-Rays fans, surprised it took them this long to expand the format.