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New-look playoff structure revealed
Home-and-home ABLCS stays in new-look playoffs
08/29/2018 8:02 PM ET

The Australian Baseball League Championship Series will again be split across the two competing cities following the success of the move last season.

A split ABLCS - but otherwise new-look playoff structure including the addition of a Wildcard Game - was confirmed at last week's owners' meeting on the Gold Coast.

The playoffs will start a week earlier than previous seasons with the best-of-three ABLCS slated for February 1-3.

Baseball Australia chief executive officer Cam Vale said it was exciting to again take the ABLCS to two cities.

"The move to give both teams at least one home game in the Championship Series was one of the many success stories from last season," Vale said.

"The Championship Series is the biggest event on our league's calendar and we want as many people as possible to enjoy that experience.

"It's great for the fans but it also lets both teams gain the advantage of playing at home, which they deserve."

The new-look playoffs will reward both division winners (seed #1 and #2) with a best-of-three Semi-Final Series at home and guarantee the division runners up (seed #3 and #4) postseason action.



The 2019 Playoffs will start on Wednesday, January 23, with the inaugural ABL Wildcard Game.

The division runner-up with the second-best record (seed #4) will host the third-placed team with the best regular-season record (seed #5) in the historic contest.

The winner will advance to a best-of-three Semi-Final Series on the road against the first seed, from January 25-27.

Second seed will host third seed in the other Semi-Final Series.

The Semi-Final winners will advance to the Championship Series, which is slated to start on February 1 but could have a Thursday night Game 1 depending on which teams qualify.

As was the case last season, the highest-seeded team based on regular-season record will have the option of hosting Game One of the ABLCS or Game Two and Three (if required).

"With the move to divisions and addition of two new teams we're excited to take a new direction with playoffs," Vale said.

"We've moved the playoffs forward a week to improve player availability but that also sets up a bumper opening round across the Australia Day long weekend.

"With the hype surrounding the expanded league and new playoff format we're confident of having the biggest postseason in ABL history."

The ABL regular-season is set to start on November 15.

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This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.