With the COVID-19 outbreak, the MLB season is currently postponed until further notice. However, the league still plans to play this season and play as many games as possible. To play the most games possible, what if the league did the World Series at a neutral site?
Does this sound crazy? Absolutely. But if we want to see a schedule with a large number of games, this might have to be an option.
If the regular season finished as late as mid to late October, that would put the division series as ending in early to mid-November. By then, the weather is a conflict for a lot of teams.
To play the World Series neutrally, an indoor stadium or a stadium in a warm climate will be needed. They would also need to go somewhere where there isn’t a huge chance that the team hosting will be in the World Series.
My ideas are Seattle, Miami, Milwaukee, or Arlington. Nothing against Toronto, but I just don’t think that it would work hosting in Canada.
Doing this would end the season in mid to late November.
Obviously, it would be a lot different doing the World Series neutrally. But doing so may allow for the regular season to run longer. Plus, there wouldn’t need to be off-days for travel days like regular playoff series.
Wild-card, division, and championship series would go on as scheduled with teams hosting, and there wouldn’t be any weather issues out of the ordinary.
Again, this is just an idea. Maybe the MLB has considered something like this. Just the only thing is that it requires a lot of planning in a short period of time. They won’t be able to finalize anything until the league sets a start date and reworks the schedule.