While Major League Baseball presses on with the 60-game regular season that was implemented earlier this summer, attention shifts to the postseason, Major League Baseball has announced that it will adopt the “bubble” format and use neutral sites to complete the playoffs.
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It was announced that Globe Life Field in Texas, home of the Texas Rangers, will be the “neutral site” used for the 2020 World Series. Both Globe Life Park and Minute Maid Park in Houston will serve as the two neutral site locations for the National League postseason leading into the World Series.
On the other side of things, American League teams will travel to Los Angeles to use Dodger Stadium or San Diego to use Petco Park. These two facilities will be used to finish out the American League postseason leading into the World Series.
The reports say that the deal has not been officially finalized. Still, the only part waiting for the all-clear is protocols on health and safety for Arlington, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Diego, according to a USA TODAY article on the matter.
Another issue up for debate is the idea of letting families of players into the bubble, similar to how the NHL and NBA set things up. It seems that Major League Baseball is learning from the NHL and NBA bubble strategies, meaning families could be allowed in after a week of isolation and quarantine.