NLCS and World Series to have fans
The entire 2020 Major League Baseball season has been played without fans, but that will change in October.
Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that fans will be allowed to attend the National League Championship Series (NLCS) and World Series.
Both the NLCS and World Series are set to take place at the new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The Texas Rangers were hoping to allow fans to attend games during the regular season, but Major League Baseball shut that plan down.
The league announced that there would be approximately 11,500 tickets available for each game at Globe Life Field, and those tickets will go on sale next Tuesday. The stadium has a capacity of 40,518, meaning about 28 percent of the seats will be filled in October.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced the league to make several changes to the postseason schedule, and this will be the first time in league history that the World Series will be played at a neutral site. The final three rounds of the MLB Playoffs will all be played in a “bubble” at neutral sites in Texas and California.
Ticket prices for the NLCS are set at $40-250, and World Series tickets are set at $75-450. A number of tickets have been reserved for MLB and players, while others will be set aside for Texas Rangers season ticket holders.
The first six rows will be left open in an effort to ensure the health and safety of the players on the field. The rest of the tickets will be sold in pods of four, and there will be space between each group of people.
Fans in attendance at all of the games will be forced to wear masks, except when they are eating or drinking. Globe Life Field will keep the roof open when possible in an effort to keep the air as clean as possible.
The American League Championship Series will be played at Petco Park in San Diego. That state has not yet lifted COVID-19 restrictions, and MLB did not want to ask for permission to allow fans.
Twins, Indians Fail to End Losing Streaks
A pair of American League Central teams came into the 2020 playoffs in the midst of long losing streaks, and those streaks continued. Both the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians were swept in the American League Wild Card Round, something that has become familiar for each franchise.
The Twins have now lost 18 straight playoff games after losing two straight games to the Houston Astros. The 18 straight playoff losses is a record for professional franchises in North America.
Minnesota’s losing streak began in 2004 and has now extended to 2020. The Twins won the American League Central Division title in 2020.
The Cleveland Indians suffered a 10-9 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night, making it 10 straight losses in elimination games for the Tribe. The 10 straight losses in elimination games dates back to the 1997 season.