Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays opened the 2020 World Series with Game 1 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas (GameTracker). It is the first time the two No. 1 seeds will meet in the Fall Classic since 2013.

Prior to Game 1, commissioner Rob Manfred gave his annual pre-World Series state of the game interview with the Associated Press and discussed a wide range of topics. This much is clear: Manfred and his bosses (i.e. the 30 owners) would like to keep an expanded postseason format and the extra-inning tiebreaker rule going forward.

MLB adopted those rule changes (and others) to make 2020's 60-game regular season more feasible following the COVID-19 shutdown and during the pandemic. The expanded 16-team postseason format allowed the league to recoup lost revenue through extra playoff games, and the tiebreaker format helped avoid long games and reduce injuries.