By Yoo Jee-ho
SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Yonhap) -- The nation's top baseball league announced Tuesday it will introduce a wild card game for teams to battle for the final playoff berth starting in 2015.
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said the fourth and fifth-ranked teams after the regular season will clash for the right to compete in the first round of the postseason.
The decision was reached at a board meeting of team presidents. In July, team officials had proposed to hold a one-and-done wild card game between No. 4 and No. 5 seeds only if the clubs are separated by 1.5 games or less. On Tuesday, they decided to hold a wild card game regardless of the gap in the regular season standings and added a new twist to the proposal.
The fourth-seeded club will be credited with a one-win advantage. That club can reach the playoffs with a victory or a tie in the first wild card game.
If the fifth-seeded club takes the first game, the two teams then will be back for a decisive second wild card game.
Should the teams need two games to determine the winner, both of the contests will take place at the home park of the fourth-seeded club.
Major League Baseball (MLB) introduced wild card games in both leagues in 2012.
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