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MLB News: Postseason Schedule Announced With Dodger Stadium Hosting Division Series

The MLB postseason bubble is set.



MLB and the Player’s Union appear to have come to an agreement on the format of the postseason for 2020. It was announced today that the playoff schedule will indeed feature a bubble atmosphere for the final three rounds of the playoffs. 

The wildcard series of games will be played at the home ballparks of the league’s top four seeds. Those games will be broadcasted by ESPN and TBS exclusively. Teams will shift to neutral sites starting with the Division Series, including Dodger Stadium hosting one of the American League Division Series.

The postseason will officially start on September 29th, so there will only be one off-day for a few teams following the regular season. The MLB World Series will also be hosted at the new Globe Life Field in Arlington, as previously discussed by the league.

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

Another interesting aspect of the playoffs this year is that there are no off-days during the series. For instance, if the Dodgers needed to play all 5 games during the Division Series, they would need to play for 5 consecutive days. The World Series will still feature off-days scheduled in.

More details from MLB on the actual plan for quarantine and the rules that go along with the bubble plan are still pending. Rob Manfred has discussed the possibility of hosting fans at the later series, but that conversation still seems a ways off. 

Whatever the league decides to do, the plan to play at neutral locations will help limit travel. MLB has done a decent job of limiting COVID-19 outbreaks, and they will need to deep into October. An outbreak within a team has the potential to shut down the playoffs entirely. Look for more details on the plan to be released today. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I am not sure Dodgers will need any mutual site to continue in playoffs after that first best of 3 series. I predicted a 1st round elimination in 2019 and unfortunately with the field manager we have, I can’t see this team surviving this best of 3 this year.

    • This team has no toughness at all as we saw after that incident last night they responded by falling apart and acting all sad because they aren’t respected

  2. The manager is not the most glaring problem. Its the players that are not performing. Can Cody or Max generate any offense?

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