Report: MLB discussing playing post-season in bubble-type format

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Rain drops on the Major League Baseball (MLB) logo on the railing of a dug out. (Jeff Kowalsky / AP)

Major League Baseball has had preliminary discussions about holding its post-season in a bubble-type format, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.

MLB is reportedly looking to replicate a format to that which the NHL is currently using, where multiple cities are used as hubs. Passan noted that, with 16 teams involved, the league could need at least three hubs in order to hold its wild-card round, and could then shrink to two hubs for the division series.

No cities have been discussed but Passan adds that there is significant support towards the bubble format. “Our only chance is to start planning a post-season bubble,” a team president explained.

Multiple teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies have had their regular-season schedules put on hold due to multiple COVID-19 outbreaks. Since the season started, 29 games have been postponed by the league because of coronavirus concerns

The post-season is expected to begin Sept. 27.

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