What will MLB look like in 2022?
The World Series is over and the bad guys defeated the worse guys four games to two in one of the more forgettable Fall Classics in history. It's now officially the offseason, one that figures to be significant for Your Seattle Mariners. But more on that in a future post.
2021 World Series: Cheaters vs. Chops
A few quick thoughts before Game 1 of the 2021 World Series.
The 2021 World Series begins in a few hours, and for the first time in a long time, the rooting interest is vague at best.
So, that happened
Both the American League and National League Championship Series ended in six games, with the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves emerging victorious. Houston’s win, achieving their third pennant since coming to the American League in 2013 and fourth overall, was less surprising that Atlanta’s.
And then there were four
I'm a little late on this. As I type, the Red Sox are leading the Astros 8-0 in the early innings of ALCS Game 2, seemingly on their way to tying that series at a game apiece; ideally, this would have been posted on Thursday when there were no games going. Well, as we say on Earth, c'est la vie.
Who to root for?
The postseason has begun and the Mariners are once again nowhere to be seen. What's a Seattle baseball fan to do? In this wacky year of expanded playoffs, most us will pick a team (or a succession of them) to ride with through the World Series and make the best of it. But whom to choose...?
Manfred threatens to continue expanded playoffs past 2020
The current Commissioner of Baseball, Rob Manfred, is "a fan of the expanded playoffs." He's repeatedly spoken about expanding the playoff format, even before this season, and said during a Hofstra Universtiy event that "there’s a lot to commend [the 2020 postseason format] and it is one of those changes that I hope becomes a permanent part of our landscape."
Postseason to be held at neutral sites, Manfred wants fans (and their wallets) in attendance
Commissioner Rob Manfred's office has announced an agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association on neutral locations for this years Division Series, League Championship Series, and World Series. While the first round of playoffs will still be held at the higher seed's home ballparks, the latter rounds will be contained to southern California and Texas.