MLB Reportedly Settles On Bubble Locations for Playoffs


Major League Baseball has reportedly chosen its preferred sites to host the later stages of this year's postseason.

The league has tabbed a pair of ballparks in both Texas and California as bubble locations for the playoffs, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.

In Texas, Globe Life Field in Arlington will host an NLDS, the NLCS, and the World Series. As well, Minute Maid Park in Houston will host an NLDS, the report said.

In California, the San Diego Padres' Petco Park will host an ALDS and the ALCS. Dodger Stadium will also be the site of an ALDS.

The sites were chosen so that no team has the chance of playing at home, according to the report.

A report earlier this week by baseball insider Ken Rosenthal suggested MLB was closing in on a bubble strategy for the postseason. Several teams have experienced coronavirus outbreaks that sidelined them for substantial stretches of the shortened season, apparently hastening the league's decision.

The San Francisco Giants reportedly saw a new positive case on Friday, prompting the postponement of the first two games of their weekend series against the Padres.

The NBA and NHL seasons have resumed in bubbles with far fewer issues relative to baseball. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred dismissed criticism of allowing teams to play a more traditional schedule involving travel, saying it was impractical to house 30 teams and their expanded rosters at one or even several sites.

MLB's plan still required approval from the players' union, according to Passan, while key details about family members and other guests entering the bubble would need to be negotiated.