The 2020 season brought a lot of changes to the MLB that we’re not used to seeing as fans. The universal DH, roster changes, and a quirky extra-innings rule made it one weird season. And now with that season behind us, everyone just wants to know what 2021 looks like.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred recently spoke with The Daily about what rule changes could stick around. Of those rule changes, the neutral location World Series is something that will likely be discussed in the plans for the future.
I wouldn’t say a neutral-site World Series is completely off the table. There were things that we saw in Texas that were advantages for us. You can plan. You can take out travel. You can pick sites that eliminate weather problems. Those are all things worthy of conversation and discussion. I think the big (weight) on the scale in favor of our traditional format, the thing that really matters at the end of the day, are fans in home markets.
Most fans figured that these rules were around only for 2020 because of the pandemic. But from what it sounds like, Manfred isn’t opposed to MLB going with a Super Bowl type of situation. It worked out well at the new Globe Life Field in Arlington, but it was a little bit of an odd situation. The Dodgers played 16 of their playoff games there in 2020, while most teams were only there for a few games.
Would you like to see MLB absorb a World Series policy similar to that of the National Football League? Or do you much prefer the advantages of playing at your home stadium? Sound off in the comments below.
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