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The Major League Baseball and MLB Players Association reportedly reached an agreement to host most of the 2020 finals, including the Divisional Series, League Series and World Series, in “bubbles”
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the news, noting that an official announcement is expected later Tuesday.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported details on the bubble schedule on Friday, with the National League expected to play in Texas while the American League plays in California:
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Baseball’s bubble plan is set. Now all baseball needs are an agreement on how to integrate families. News from ESPN about all playoff placements, what hold-ups are and why there is growing confidence that an agreement to codify it could be hit next week: https://t.co/hZ2Y4GPAkt https: // t.co/ cWqDwildFT
Joel Sherman from New York Post given further information:
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Heard the plan right now: – Players on competing teams will have to quarantine at a hotel for the last 7 days of the reg season – daily COVID test – players can choose to leave the hotel if their team is eliminated
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Also heard that teams will be allowed to continue operating the alternate locations, but there will be no transfer of players allowed from the Alt site to the MLB kid after quarantines begin, so expect all 40-man players and those at IL must be part of quarantine
One of the few points in the negotiations was how the league would handle quarantine claims for the players’ family members hoping to get into the bubble. Details are still uncertain per Rosenthal.
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was among the players critical of a plan to force families to quarantine for seven days. He told Rosenthal last week, their families could participate in road games during the regular season, as long as they traveled by private plane or drove themselves:
“You ask us to choose between our families and the playoffs? That’s a silly question, especially when we’ve played how many successful games this season. It was clear there were two blips early (outbursts with the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals) but it was out of bad choices from individuals.Apart from that it has been a pretty successful season.Why change all protocols now?
“… We’ll end the last week of our season at home. I would be at my wife’s house. Then they’re like, ‘We have to separate you.’ “I do not understand why she would be quarantined. I lived with her all season.”
An MLB source told The Athletic that the league had to take extra precautions for the post season.
“You just may not be able to roll the dice and say, ‘Look, the Dodgers have been fine so far. Let’s hope it stays that way,'” the source said. “If you run a league, it’s not the type of policy you want. It’s basically a policy based on luck.”
MLB did not take advantage of the bubble concept in the regular season, and the first round of the expanded 16-team playoffs takes place at the higher peace home stadium.
The NBA and NHL are among the leagues that have used the bubble successfully to end their mail season, and the MLB is following in their footsteps.
A shorter 60-game regular season is scheduled to end Sept. 27. Playoffs begin Sept. 29 before shifting to the bubble in early October. The last possible date for the World Series is October 31st.