The World Series of baseball will be played in its entirety at the Texas Rangers ‘new ballpark in Arlington, as part of an agreement between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the players’ association. This will be the first time the championship final has been held in one location since 1944.
As part of a deal finalized Tuesday, the Division Series, League Championship Series, and World Series will be part of a scheme designed to minimize exposure to the coronavirus that decimated the regular season and limited 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 among the best-performing teams.
The World Series will be at Globe Life Field in Arlington, a retractable-roof stadium with artificial turf that opened this year and is located next to the former Rangers ballpark.
The American League Championship Series will be at Petco Park in San Diego and the National League at Globe Life Field.
The American League Division Series will be at Dodger Stadium in San Diego and Los Angeles, and the National League Division Series will be at Globe Life and Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Texas is last in the AL West at 17-30 entering Tuesday, with little chance of advancing to the postseason.
While the NFL plays the Super Bowl at a pre-selected neutral site, baseball has resisted the idea, which has long been championed 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. The Polo Grounds in New York hosted all games in 1921 and 1922, the last two seasons it was home to the New York Giants and Yankees. The Giants won both titles.
American League teams in mathematical dispute must begin a transition period on September 22 and National League teams the following day in which up to 28 active roster players, 12 taxi squad players, and 50 must remain. additional staff members, from bullpen catchers to front office staff at the team’s transition hotel or traveling with the team on the road.
Under an exception requested by the players’ association, any player who lives himself, who lives with a spouse or domestic partner who is pregnant or who has special medical needs documented by a doctor or who lives with children may be quarantined at home during the transition period with a provision that MLB will not approve a large number of home quarantine requests.
Only spouses, domestic partners, children, and child care providers can stay with players during the transition period, and non-players cannot bring their family members to the transition or travel hotel. Family members will not be allowed into hotels at all four sites unless they complete a supervised seven-day quarantine.
A player can also have up to six family members and missions are housed in separate family hotels across the four sites. MLB said it will make every effort to arrange visits at supervised outdoor venues.
Major League Baseball set the schedule for a regular 60-game campaign in vacant parks Tuesday night as the way to get the sport going amid the coronavirus pandemic and after months of discord between players and team owners. .