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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Rob Manfred exclusive: Commissioner says MLB plans to have fans at NLCS, World Series

And now, with the postseason beginning Sept. 29, with an expanded 16-team format that Manfred has no interest in continuing under its current structure, there will be fans to provide authentic crowd noise, beginning with the NLCS on Oct. 12 at 40,300-seat Globe Life Field.

“We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas,’’ said Manfred, with a ticket sales announcement expected soon. “One of the most important things to our game is the presence of fans. Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game.’’

Manfred would like the postseason to be expanded from 10 teams in the past to 14 in the future, which was discussed last winter, but not 16. The team with the best record in each league would receive a first-round bye, under MLB’s proposal, while the other two division winners in each league would choose their first-round opponent in the best-of-three-series.

“Look, 16 teams, was a really good solution for the unique environment we had in 2020,’’ Manfred said. “But I want to be clear, when I talked about the expanded playoffs going forward before COVID ever hit, we never talked about 16 teams as a permanent solution. We never talked about more than 14 teams. Those plans addressed marginalizing the value of winning the division, and preserving the competitiveness through the regular season.

“The expanded playoffs cover a vast waterfront, but what we discussed was a very different format than we’re seeing now.’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 22, 2020 at 03:32 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 22, 2020 at 05:31 PM (#5978095)
At least some are selling 2021 individual game tickets now, with a link to a detailed liability waiver, but I didn’t see any info on exactly what social distancing measures might be in place. Presumably at least whatever is required by local law. Spring Training will probably be a test, since it doesn’t seem like they could have regular season fans if they can’t get it done in some fashion for Spring Training.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: September 22, 2020 at 07:12 PM (#5978119)
I tell you, trying to sell tickets in Texas during football season to games that don't involve the home team is going to leave a lot of empty seats.

Wow, it's brilliant.
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 22, 2020 at 07:45 PM (#5978123)
#### Rob Manfred.
   4. . Posted: September 22, 2020 at 08:25 PM (#5978127)
Given the rumblings that we won't even be able to get back to normal even if there's a vaccine, it's now clear that there will never be a time in which it won't be argued that loosening restrictions "threatens to undo all the progress we've made against the virus." (*) Therefore, at some point we simply have to learn how to live with the virus. Given that reality, it's kudos to Manfred and even better if the bubble was just a cover story to get to Texas where there could be fans. Two thumbs way up.

(*) No matter what level of vaccine/mask/treatment we're at, it will always be more "dangerous" to have things like sports, concerts, movies, plays than to not have them. It has been more "dangerous" since time immemorial.
   5. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: September 22, 2020 at 10:33 PM (#5978165)
Manfred never saw a bad idea he didn't like.
   6. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: September 23, 2020 at 12:49 PM (#5978277)
Commissioner says MLB plans to have fans

Really? Could’ve fooled me. From how hard they’ve been pushing for a lockout, I figure the plan was to just ride this airplane right into a cliff.
   7. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: September 24, 2020 at 07:25 AM (#5978425)
I won't go to a restaurant right now, but I'd go to an outdoor sporting event with suitable social distancing and sanitation measures in place. It seems the risk of contracting Covid in the outdoors with social distancing is extremely low.
   8. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 24, 2020 at 08:37 AM (#5978430)
7 - I'm skeptical of going to a game on a couple of levels. First I don't trust that people will socially distance themselves well as the game progresses. I'm sure the seats will be sold in such a way to start distant but that's not going to continue over 4 hours. Second, a sporting event is going to have people yelling and screaming which means the six foot guidelines may be insufficient as saliva is projected a greater distance.
   9. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: September 24, 2020 at 10:36 AM (#5978445)
I would definitely go to an outdoor sporting event at like 25 percent capacity. That seems remarkably low risk from everything we know about the virus.
   10. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: September 24, 2020 at 12:17 PM (#5978467)
it will always be more "dangerous"
It has been more "dangerous"

You're more "dangerous".
   11. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 24, 2020 at 01:02 PM (#5978481)
Risk-free? Don't oversell it Robby.

And he acts like 14 is drastically different than 16. Whatever.

What a clown.
   12. Mayor Blomberg Posted: September 24, 2020 at 01:35 PM (#5978496)
Whether or not it's an outdoor sporting event depends on the weather. In case of rain, they close the top on the grill.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 24, 2020 at 01:39 PM (#5978499)
I’m looking forward to BDC going full Marlins Man for the World Series. Perhaps he can be financially compensated for wearing BTTF attire.
   14. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 24, 2020 at 01:44 PM (#5978500)

I’m looking forward to BDC going full Marlins Man for the World Series. Perhaps he can be financially compensated for wearing BTTF attire.

He'd probably just get a cease and desist letter from BPro.

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