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MLB Postseason to Take Place in California, Texas Bubbles

Baseball

After too many positive COVID-19 tests during the makeshift regular season, the MLB will move playoff teams to bubbles for the postseason.

September 17, 2020
SOURCE: SMILEY N. POOL/THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
SOURCE: SMILEY N. POOL/THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

The GIST: The MLB is finally getting their sh!t together. After too many positive COVID-19 tests during the regular season, the league is moving to two bubbles this postseason.

Good! Where are they going?: They’re splitting up. The MLB has two leagues (aka conferences): the American League (AL), which will play in California, and the National League (NL), which will play in Texas.

  • The league isn’t officially calling them bubbles, though. These “neutral site” venues probably won’t have players following the same restrictions that WNBA, NBA and NHL players are facing, and they might even have fans during the World Series (which will be played in Arlington, Texas).

And what’s the playoff set-up?: The postseason looks a little different this year. Instead of the usual 10 teams that make the playoffs, 16 teams will be in the mix this year.

  • The league released the schedule yesterday, which shows games scheduled from September 29th to October 28th, with only two off-days between the first and second round, and one off-day ahead of the World Series start. Making ’em work!
  • And in case that’s not enough baseball for you, the league also announced spring training for the 2021 season will begin February 27th, with Opening Day set for April 1st. No April Fools’ here!