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Monday, September 14, 2020

MLB is forbidding boozy playoff celebrations

Still, MLB recognizes it can remove one vital element from any stadium celebration — alcohol. The teams supply it in celebratory moments and MLB is going to forbid its presence. MLB also can, to a large extent through the teams, control the clubhouse. To that end, the league is going to ask players to celebrate on the field and to mask up as soon as it’s possible to do so. Commemorative shirts and caps are likely to be distributed in a way to limit contact with as many people as possible.

The restrictions come at a time when there is the potential for more celebrations than ever, since the playoff field is swelling from 10 to 16 this year. But that also leaves the awkward question of when to celebrate. The Dodgers, for example, have won seven straight NL West titles and likely will clinch a playoff spot first among all teams some time this week. Do they celebrate that? Wait for a division clinch, when that is not assured?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 14, 2020 at 03:33 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. McCoy Posted: September 14, 2020 at 03:38 PM (#5976370)
Boo
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 14, 2020 at 04:31 PM (#5976379)
Commemorative shirts and caps are likely to be distributed in a way to limit contact with as many people as possible.

Naturally. Gotta prime the pump so everyone can CALL IN RIGHT NOW so they can BE THE FIRST to order their MIAMI MARLINS 2020 WILD CARD commemorative cap, t-shirt, hoodie, and program for the low low price of $139.99.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 14, 2020 at 04:47 PM (#5976383)
To that end, the league is going to ask players to celebrate on the field and to mask up as soon as it’s possible to do so.
Yeah. I'm sure the players will respect this about as much as the mandatory masks in the dugout rule. And I'm sure MLB will enforce it about as much.
   4. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: September 14, 2020 at 05:22 PM (#5976389)
The playoffs are a travesty anyways, but allowing 16 teams in is just beyond insanity.

The players had better fight this becoming a permanent thing. If winning the pennant becomes even more of a crap shoot than it already is, teams are going to have even less incentive to compete hard, and playing signings are going to drop off accordingly. If you can get to the dance with a 75-87 record, why bother spending the money to get up to 90 wins?
   5. pthomas Posted: September 14, 2020 at 09:40 PM (#5976429)
They don't have to remove their chaws now! Bonus!
   6. Adam Starblind Posted: September 14, 2020 at 11:05 PM (#5976436)
I can’t stand that they now sell merchandise that says “POST-SEASON”. That was never a thing. Get off my lawn.
   7. Perry Posted: September 15, 2020 at 12:56 PM (#5976497)
The playoffs are a travesty anyways, but allowing 16 teams in is just beyond insanity.


And having the first round be a 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, etc. best of three match-up is beyond beyond insanity.
   8. giannis Posted: September 15, 2020 at 01:44 PM (#5976513)
I applaud this move. We should do everything we can to discourage alcohol consumption.
   9. Rally Posted: September 15, 2020 at 02:10 PM (#5976519)
If you can get to the dance with a 75-87 record, why bother spending the money to get up to 90 wins?


Since the Astros moved to make 2 15 team leagues, has there been a full season where 75-87 would get you in? Looks like the last teams into the playoffs this year will be right around .500, give or take a game.
   10. Rally Posted: September 15, 2020 at 02:22 PM (#5976523)
Last team into playoffs, 2020 rules.

2019: Rangers 78-84, Cubs 84-78. Mets miss at .500
2018: Twins 78-84 (2nd place, get in instead of 80-82 Angels), Arizona 82-80
2017: Royals/Rays 80-82, Marlins 77-85 (2nd place)
2016: Astros or Yankees (84-78), Pirates 78-83
2015: Indians 81-80, Arizona 79-83
2014: Indians 85-77 (Yankees 84-78 get 2nd place), Mets/Braves 79-83 (one gets 2nd, other last WC)
2013: Orioles or Yankees 85-77, Padres or Giants 76-86

So 2013 Padres or Giants would be the worst to make it with 76, and looks like every year one of the 2 leagues lets somebody in with a losing record.
   11. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: September 15, 2020 at 04:44 PM (#5976562)
I applaud this move. We should do everything we can to discourage alcohol consumption.
Whether you're serious or not ("everything we can" is pretty open-ended) - Does this do that?
   12. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: September 15, 2020 at 07:53 PM (#5976624)
No, he's just hoping to push his personal beliefs onto others.
   13. giannis Posted: September 15, 2020 at 08:19 PM (#5976633)
Bud—Yeah. Kids won’t watch their role models drinking alcohol after a game—they won’t see the message “it’s ok to drink when you’re celebrating” reinforced by their favorite players on national television.
   14. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: September 15, 2020 at 08:57 PM (#5976646)
I don't think I've ever seen a player drinking during a celebration. They're seen spraying bottles and pouring it on each other's heads.
   15. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 16, 2020 at 09:12 AM (#5976862)
I'm all for not glamorizing drinking during the Bud Light Postgame show which will start after this message from Johnnie Walker Black.
   16. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 16, 2020 at 09:14 AM (#5976864)
My senior year in college the big event for me was a presentation in one of my classes. It was just after spring break and while I had another 5 weeks or so of classes after that presentation I knew that if I got through the presentation I was home and dry, graduation was just a matter of running out the clock. I bought a bottle of champagne and when I finished the presentation (which I KILLED) I went back to my room, grabbed the champagne, hopped in the shower and did the whole screaming and yelling thing while dumping it over my head.

Pro-tip; if you are naked and pouring champagne over your head it's best if you haven't chilled the champagne.
   17. bunyon Posted: September 16, 2020 at 09:34 AM (#5976871)
Good for MLB. My uni banned parties, too.


Seriously, if 16 team playoffs become a thing, the rule should be that if there are >.500 teams in one league who don't make it, they get the sub .500 team spots in the other league. If we're going to turn it into a crazy board game, let's really go crazy.

Also, I'd put the defending champ in no matter what.
   18. BrianBrianson Posted: September 16, 2020 at 09:52 AM (#5976884)
What're they gonna do? Come to my house?

There's a reason Marie-Philip Poulin is my sports idol.

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