Whoever lost those games would have to play the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Nashville Sounds, and the Oklahoma City 89ers/Austin Express. The winner of each of those series, currently being called “The Golden Ticket Series,” would then join Class A for a chance to compete for the World Series.
The same scenario would play out between Class B and Class C. However, since there is no level after Class C, so what stops teams from dwelling at the bottom, ruining prospects, just taking their profit share, and doing nothing to help contribute to the league (also known as tanking)?
Well, the Class C team with the worst record over the previous five years will be automatically relegated into the minor leagues. MLB would accept new bids every five years to replace the relegated team. The relegated team can apply to rejoin MLB if they so choose during the next five-year relegation cycle.
This would be how new teams can be brought in, opening the door to teams from Mexico, other areas of Latin America, and other parts of the world. So we have the system worked out, we have the layout worked out.
But how would things change for players?