Dodger Stadium part of MLB postseason ‘bubble’ plan

If the Dodgers are going to end their 32-year championship drought, it will happen deep in the heart of Texas.

Major League Baseball announced its postseason schedule Tuesday and it includes postseason “bubbles” in Texas and Southern California, with a neutral-site World Series at first-year Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Dodger Stadium would host an American League Division Series.

The postseason is scheduled to start Sept. 29 for the American League and Sept. 30 for the National League with the extra round added this season. The Wild-Card Series would be a best-of-three matchup with the higher-seeded team hosting all three games. As things stand heading into Tuesday’s games, the top-seeded Dodgers would host the eighth-seeded San Francisco Giants for games on Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2 (if necessary).

The eight remaining teams would then head to bubble arrangements in Southern California and Texas. One best-of-five American League Division Series would begin Oct. 5 at Petco Park in San Diego and the other at Dodger Stadium. The two National League Division Series would begin Oct. 6, with the higher-seeded team at Globe Life Field and the other series at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The best-of-seven AL Championship Series is scheduled to begin Oct. 11 at Petco Park, with the NLCS beginning Oct. 12 at Globe Life Field.

Game 1 of the 2020 World Series is scheduled for Oct. 20. Game 7 would be Oct. 28 if the series goes the distance. All of the games will be played at Globe Life Field.

All postseason games will be televised by FOX, Fox Sports 1, TBS or the MLB Network and will be available to MLB.TV subscribers. The World Series will be televised by FOX.

Commissioner Rob Manfred has indicated MLB is considering allowing a limited number of fans to attend the postseason games in Texas and California, although those two states have varying coronavirus restrictions currently in place.