The MLB Playoffs Will (Partially) Take Place in Neutral-Site Bubbles

Reports coming out today that Major League Baseball is going to have bubble playoffs this season.

From Ken Rosenthal:

Joel Sherman at the New York Post says the first round will be played in the higher-seed’s home park, while the National League bubble is in Texas and the American League bubble is in Southern California. The World Series, he says, will be played in Arlington, at the new Rangers Park.

Keep in mind, with the new, expanded, 16-team playoff format, the first round will be a best-of-three series. So if the season ended today, the #7 Phillies would play the #2 Cubs at Wrigley Field, with zero games at Citizens Bank Park. If they got past the Cubbies, they would go to Texas for the second round.

This is similar to the NHL’s dueling hub cities, only they won’t use the bubbles for the first round.

More from Sherman:

Thoughts? Sherman says all contending teams “will have to move into a hotel (even at home),” which seems inconvenient. But if that gets us to the playoffs with no COVID issues, then that’s the most important part.

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