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Major League Baseball has begun discussing a “postseason bubble” to combat any potential Covid outbreaks while being able to accommodate for a heavy postseason schedule.
Simply put: The league does not have ability to postpone playoff games; keeping players away from the virus becomes a necessity.
Major League Baseball has had preliminary discussions about holding its postseason in a bubble-type format, sources familiar with the conversations told ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 11, 2020
Early details on why MLB is embracing the bubble and what it could look like, at ESPN: https://t.co/kHgBuVEqp9
The NBA bubble has been stress-free as has the NHL format, so why would Commissioner Rob Manfred try to reinvent the wheel? Copy and paste what works.
Baseball’s delays and postponements have been a headache. One player with a common cold and we postpone an entire series? Annoying. Throwing off the predictability of a sports schedule is mostly why we hate rain delays.
A bubble for baseball may not lead to fans in the stands, but at least we’ll have no excuse to interrupt postseason ball.
The NBA had an easy time throwing LeBron James into a bubble because the playoffs were already here. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper didn’t want to sit in a bubble for six months.
After the Marlins and Cardinals COVID news, the league and its players knew a bubble was necessary, but only for the playoffs. MLB rakes in over $1 billion during the playoffs, so a trip for wings and tits weren’t happening.
Rob Manfred has done next to nothing to help this game, but building a campus to protect sports seems too obvious to screw up. Get it done.