Major League Baseball is considering ripping a page from the NHL’s playbook — and instituting a 3-city hub system for the playoffs, this according to ESPN.
As we previously reported, the NHL claims its 2-city hub system is VERY successful so far — with zero new COVID cases reported in the past week.
FYI, the NHL has split up the league into 2 hub cities — one in Edmonton and the other in Toronto.
Each team has an entire floor at a designated hotel — and all personnel are restricted to only visiting certain approved locations … like workout facilities, restaurants, etc.
Everyone in the “bubbles” are tested for COVID on a daily basis.
Now, MLB is so impressed, they’ve had “preliminary discussions” about implementing the same system for the playoffs following a series of outbreaks with at least 2 MLB teams.
The league would need 3 cities to accommodate the 16-team playoff format, according to Jeff Passan.
Passan says Southern California, Chicago and NYC would make the most sense for hub cities because of issues like weather, stadium availability and lodging.
No official decision has been made yet — but playoffs are set to begin on Sept. 27 … so clock’s ticking!