Copying the NBA’s bubble success, the MLB and its player’s association have agreed to create their own bubble.
All division, league championship, and World Series will be part of a bubble to minimize exposure to the coronavirus.
The American League division and championship series will take place at San Diego’s Petco Park and Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.
The National League division and championship series will be in Arlington at Texas’ new Globe Life Park and Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
The 2020 World Series will also be held at Glove Life Field, scheduled to begin October 20.
The new Globe Life Field features a retractable roof, climate-controlled interior, two mega video boards, five entry gates, and can accommodate 40,000 plus people.
Deptuty commissioner Dan Halem released a memo to teams Monday night:
“In the view of our infectious disease experts, the biggest risk of exposure for players and staff is contact with family members and friends who have been exposed to COVID-19 in their communities. Nearly all of the positive test results that have been reported for players and staff in the last month can be traced back to contact with an infected family member, domestic partner, or friend outside of club facilities.”
The Associated Press quote on family and friends being in the bubble:
“Only spouses, domestic partners, children and child care providers can stay with players during the transition period, and people other than players may not bring family to the transition hotel or on the road. Family members will not be allowed into the bubble hotels at the four sites unless they complete a supervised seven-day quarantine.”
The quote continues:
“A player also may have up to six family members and guests stay at separate family hotels at the four sites. MLB said it will use best efforts to arrange visits in supervised, outdoor places.”