Major League Baseball unveils condensed playoff schedule at neutral ballparks | Offside

Major League Baseball unveils condensed playoff schedule at neutral ballparks | Offside”

The 2020 World Series will be played in Texas this year, the first time the series has been played at a neutral site in the game's history.

But, in a weird twist of fate, their oft-roasted, Home Depot-looking $1.2 billion new Globe Life Field home very much will.

After weeks of rumor and speculation, the Major League Baseball officially announced today its plans for a multiple-site bubble playoff model. Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Monday that he hopes that a limited number of fans can attend league championship series games and World Series games, which flies in the face of the entire bubble concept. The American League side of the playoff bracket will be played entirely in California, at San Diego's Petco Park and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Game 1 of the World Series. will be played on October 20.

Beginning with the next round, the Division Series, the playoffs will shift to neutral sites.

The MLB playoffs have expanded to 16 teams (8 in each league) for the first time this season, including a best-of-3 opening-round Wild-Card Series.

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Therefore a three-game series like the first round would be, removes the certainty advantage a possible no. 1 seed earned during the regular season. Both series are scheduled to run from October 5-9. All members of contending clubs will limit their travel to going between the ballpark and the team hotel, even if they're playing at home. After two games, teams will have a day off, as this will be the only series that will follow the previous playoff format.

No off days may impact teams' decisions on how many pitchers to carry for postseason series. The second trio of seeds (4-6) go to the second-place finishers in each division, ordered by record.

The Wild Card round will feature eight best-of-three series: No. 1 vs.

For the Division Series (best-of-five), the playoffs aren't reset, meaning the highest remaining seed does not get to play the lowest remaining seed.

The good news for Tampa Bay Rays fans is that if they can hold on to their top spot in the AL East, they would be able to host all of the "best of three", Wild Card games at Tropicana Field.

Before that matchup in St. Louis in 1944, New York's Polo Grounds hosted all the games in 1921 and 1922, the last two seasons it was the home of both the New York Giants and Yankees. The Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series will be part of a bubble created to minimize exposure to the coronavirus.

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