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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

MLB Announces Postseason Schedule and Sites: Get Ready for No Off-Days

A significant additional wrinkle this year? No off-days.

The ALDS and NLDS will take place from October 5-9 and October 6-10, respectively. They are five-game series, and they will be completed in five days.

The ALCS and NLCS will take place from October 11-17 and October 12-18, respectively. Again, they are seven-game series, and they will be completed in seven days.

The World Series, from October 20-28, will have two off-days. But otherwise, you’re playing straight through. What if there’s rain, you ask? Or an outbreak? I guess we’ll see!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 15, 2020 at 02:29 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tin Angel Posted: September 15, 2020 at 02:36 PM (#5976526)
This sounds great.
   2. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 15, 2020 at 02:39 PM (#5976527)
Some one is going to win a World Series in the new Rangers' ballpark before Texas has a chance to play even one playoff game in there.
   3. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 15, 2020 at 03:08 PM (#5976533)
in 1921-1923, when the Giants played the Yankees in the World Series, with the all games being in New York (the first two Series being completely played at the Polo Grounds), there were no scheduled days off. Game Four of the 1921 Series was postponed one day because of rain, but aside from that, they just played every day until the series was over.
   4. AndrewJ Posted: September 15, 2020 at 03:22 PM (#5976539)
The 1913 Philadelphia A's/New York Giants World Series had no off-days -- and Games 1, 3 and 5 were in New York, while Philadelphia hosted Games 2 and 4.
   5. weiss-man Posted: September 15, 2020 at 03:46 PM (#5976545)
The 1952 Dodgers - Yankees series was played in seven straight days, with game one on October 1. Each game number therefore matched the date.
   6. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: September 15, 2020 at 03:56 PM (#5976550)
I guess some rain means there will be post season double headers?
   7. flournoy Posted: September 15, 2020 at 04:13 PM (#5976554)
Where are you expecting to see rain? It doesn't rain in Los Angeles and San Diego in October. (Or at any time during the baseball season, for that matter.) I don't know if it ever rains in Arlington or Houston in October, but it doesn't matter, since they both have retractable roofs. These locations were chosen specifically, in part, due to the lack of weather-related concerns.
   8. asinwreck Posted: September 15, 2020 at 05:29 PM (#5976577)
If the 2020 World Series is a four-game sweep spanning two double headers, would anyone be surprised?
   9. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: September 15, 2020 at 07:08 PM (#5976606)
It doesn't rain in Los Angeles and San Diego in October. (Or at any time during the baseball season, for that matter.)

It pours, man, it pours.
   10. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 15, 2020 at 09:38 PM (#5976704)
No off days is grand.
   11. McCoy Posted: September 16, 2020 at 08:11 AM (#5976853)
But they didn't plan for fires now did they?!
   12. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 16, 2020 at 09:11 AM (#5976861)
I love the no days off. One of the things that made 2003 and 2004 such great LCSes is that both featured a rain out so the last several games (4 in a row 2003, 5 in 2004) were played without a break. In a long, tight series that becomes taxing on the bullpens and you get some weird #### happening.
   13. pthomas Posted: September 17, 2020 at 12:47 AM (#5977135)
#7. Go to enough games in LA and you will get rained on in July, August, Sept, and Oct.......I have the rain speckled scorebooks to prove it. Rainouts are a completely different story, of course. There are occasionally games rained out early in April, when LA can get a bit raw.
I was even at the game for the famous forfeit when it rained baseballs.
PS: one game in August the security morons refused to let me carry in an umbrella on a nice monsoony, thunderstormy afternoon. I whined and dropped it back in the car. Three innings later, a one hour delay. I'm back by the concession stands huddled under an awning right next to...the security guard! We both laughed and had a nice chat.
   14. Mayor Blomberg Posted: September 17, 2020 at 02:48 AM (#5977138)
Sept '85, I believe it was, included the rarity of LAD and LAA home games rained out on the same day.
   15. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: September 17, 2020 at 10:26 AM (#5977153)
One of the great things about "no off days" is that you get the teams that are "built for the playoffs", with 3 excellent starting pitchers and garbage for the back end of the rotation. In the past, those kind of teams might just squeak into the playoffs, and then dominate, with no off days those teams will be forced to start their #4 and #5 starters.
   16. flournoy Posted: September 17, 2020 at 10:42 AM (#5977159)
#7. Go to enough games in LA and you will get rained on in July, August, Sept, and Oct.......I have the rain speckled scorebooks to prove it.


I was being a little hyperbolic. But the Dodgers and Padres average one rain delay (delay, not postponement) every ten years or so. The weather won't be a concern.

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