Man­fred ex­pects fans at NLCS, World Se­ries

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Fans will be able to at­tend the Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries and the World Se­ries in Ar­ling­ton, Texas, ac­cord­ing to Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred.

Man­fred told USA To­day’s Bob Night­en­gale that pend­ing ap­proval from Texas Gov. Greg Ab­bott, fans will be in at­ten­dance. How many fans and ticket in­for­ma­tion have yet to be an­nounced but de­tails are ex­pected soon. The Texas Rangers opened 40,300­seat, re­tractable­roof Globe Life Field this sea­son but have been un­able to wel­come fans be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

“We are press­ing ahead to have fans in Texas,” Man­fred said. “One of the most im­por­tant things to our game is the pres­ence of fans. Start­ing down the path of hav­ing fans in sta­di­ums, and in a safe and risk­free

en­vi­ron­ment, is very, very im­por­tant to our game.”

Globe Life Field and Minute Maid Park in Hous­ton will host the two Na­tional League Di­vi­sion Se­ries, with the ALDS to be played at Dodger Sta­dium in Los Angeles and Petco Park in San Diego.

The NLCS be­gins Oct. 12 at Globe Life Field. The ALCS will be at Petco Park be­gin­ning Oct. 11. Cal­i­for­nia’s coro­n­avirus re­stric­tions are likely to pre­clude fans from at­tend­ing the ALCS.

MLB ex­panded its play­offs to a 16­team for­mat in 2020 for the pan­demic­short­ened 60­game reg­u­lar sea­son. Fans have not been able to at­tend any reg­u­larsea­son games and, as of now,

will not be able to at­tend Di­vi­sion Se­ries games, ei­ther.

“The in­abil­ity of our fans to en­joy the in­ball­park ex­pe­ri­ence is prob­a­bly my big­gest dis­ap­point­ment,” Man­fred said. “The play­ers have been poignantly hon­est about the sig­nif­i­cance of hav­ing fans in our ball­park and their im­por­tance. It em­pha­sizes the bond be­tween our fans and our play­ers.”

Man­fred told USA To­day that he ex­pects to be on hand for the World Se­ries where the com­mis­sioner typ­i­cally presents the cham­pi­onship tro­phy to the win­ner.

“Hon­estly, I think this World Se­ries cham­pi­onship is go­ing to be spe­cial,” Man­fred said. “I

think the team that comes through proves they not only pre­vailed over all clubs, but pre­vailed over a much big­ger chal­lenge in terms of this pan­demic.”

Briefly: Angels Gold Glove-win­ning short­stop An­drel­ton Sim­mons opted out of the re­main­der of the reg­u­lar sea­son. The Angels were still tech­ni­cally in the play­off race with five games left. Sim­mons, 31, who can be a free agent this win­ter, is bat­ting .297 with 10 RBIS. miss­ing 22 games with an an­kle in­jury . ... St. Louis shut down right­han­der Dakota Hud­son (el­bow) for the sea­son and ac­ti­vated re­liever Kodi Whit­ley.

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