MLB decided to playoff bubble venues with World Series for Rangers Globe Life Field, per report


Not long ago we came to know that MLB was reportedly planning to operate two separate bubbles for subsequent rounds of the extended 2020 season. Now ESPN’s Jeff Pasan Expands Ken Rosenthal’s original report And names of specific locations.

According to Pasan sources, here are those bubble locations reported:

  • NLDS: Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas in Houston and Minute Med Park
  • ALDS: Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
  • NLCS: Globe Life Field
  • ALCS: Petco Park
  • World Series: Globe Life Field

As expected, the World Series will be held at the Rangers’ new ballpark, and the bubbles are such that no team will play at home after the first round. In the Best of the Three Wild Card round, the high seed will host all games at their home ballpark. Pasan’s story also includes the temporary beginning dates of those later series.

The plan is still subject to players ‘union approval, and how to strike a balance between the COVID-19 outbreak for some sense of normality in the bubble and a protocol designed to limit the risk of players’ willingness Will be discussed

Thus far during the regular season, several games have been postponed due to one or more positive COVID-19 tests in four different teams. The nightmare scenario for MLB during the playoffs is a COVID cluster. The bubble plan – despite logistical challenges and inconveniences – is certainly designed to limit that risk and allow for the 2020 season to conclude.