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For the first time during the 2020 season, MLB has gone an entire week without a coronavirus-related game cancellation. Celebrate the wins, no matter how small. (A Giants player tested positive on Friday, canceling their game against the Padres and snapping the streak.)
With nearly a billion dollars of TV money on the line, the league is trying to turn those small wins into a huge one: postseason bubbles that keep the virus out. Teams would lock down in the home team’s city for the first round, then in neutral-site bubbles for the rest of the playoffs, which would be in Texas for the NL playoffs and southern California for the AL playoffs, according to an ESPN report.
Bubbles like this have worked in American sports, so you might think that players who have been vulnerable to virus outbreaks would be happy to jump on board. But that’s not quite the case, according to Cardinals pitcher Andrew Miller. “The logistics are crazy,” Miller told the Daily News.
Miller spoke to The News before the ESPN report, which indicated that the league hopes to have the postseason plan finalized within the next week.