The World Series will be played solely at the Texas Rangers’ brand-new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, as part of a bubble contract between Major League Baseball and the players association, the first time the sport’s champion will be played completely at one site because 1944.
As part of an agreement finalized Tuesday, the Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series will belong to a bubble created to decrease exposure to the pandemic related condition, which decimated the regular season and restricted it to a 60-game schedule for each club. The best-of-three first round of the postseason – expanded from 10 to 16 teams this year – will be at the top-seeded ball clubs.
The World Series will be at Global Life Park in Arlington, a retractable roofing stadium with synthetic grass that opened this year adjacent to the Rangers’ old ballpark. The American League Champion Series will be at San Diego’s Petco Park, and the National League at Globe Life Park.
The AL Division Series will be at San Diego and Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, and the NL Division Series at Globe Life and Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
Texas is last in the AL West at 17-30 entering Tuesday, with little chance of advancing to the postseason.
“In the view of our infectious disease experts, the biggest risk of exposure for players and staff is contact with family members and friends who have been exposed to the pandemic related condition in their communities,” Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem wrote in a memo sent to teams Monday night. “Nearly all of the positive test results that have been reported for players and staff in the last month can be traced back to contact with an infected family member, domestic partner, or friend outside of club facilities.”
Halem said MLB and the gamers’ association remained in the process of settling information of the contract, which attends to players to be evaluated daily during the postseason.
While the NFL plays the Super Bowl at a neutral website picked in advanced, baseball has actually withstood the idea, which has actually been long promoted by prominent agent Scott Boras.
The World Series was last played at one site in 1944 at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, where the Cardinals beat the Browns 4 games to 2. New York’s Polo Grounds hosted all the games in 1921 and 1922, the last 2 seasons it was the house of both the New York Giants and Yankees. The Giants won both titles.
Just spouses, domestic partners, kids and child care service providers can stick with players during the transition duration, and individuals other than players may not bring family to the transition hotel or on the road. Relatives will not be allowed into the bubble hotels at the 4 sites unless they finish a monitored seven-day quarantine.
A player likewise may have up to six relative and guests stay at separate family hotels at the 4 sites. MLB said it will utilize best efforts to organize visits in monitored, outside places.