Texas Rangers Ballpark, Globe Life Field, Emerges as World Series Option
By Kenneth Nash
The Texas Rangers might be World Series long shots but that doesn’t mean the Fall Classic won’t make its way to Arlington this season.
Discussions on how Major League Baseball will address the 2020 postseason in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be held with the topic of postseason bubbles on the table. This format would look somewhat similar to the bubbles we’ve seen achieved by the NBA and NHL this year. If the MLB does pursue this route, it could mean the Texas Rangers play host to the 2020 World Series, or at least their home ballpark would.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that there was a tentative plan on the table to split the postseason into two separate bubbles based on the National League and American League. In the plan, the AL would play their postseason games in Southern California while the National League postseason would be hosted in Texas, likely split between the Rangers’ Globe Life Field and the Houston Astros’ park, Minute Maid Park.
Further, Rosenthal reports the the newly minted Globe Life Field could also host the culmination of the postseason in the World Series. A decision like this seems like a rational one with the postseason set to begin at the end of September. The need to play in a fairly temperate area in the heart of fall is important which is why Southern California and Texas are on the table. Further, both Globe Life Field and Minute Maid Park are indoor parks with Globe Life Field featuring the ability to open or close the roof.
The report from Rosenthal states that nothing is final or even approaching that stage yet, however this looks like a logical course for the MLB to be able to pull off their postseason in the entirety while also ensuring player and staff safety.