By JASMINE ROSALES
In the year 1903, things changed for Major League Baseball forever, that year was the first year of playoffs and has been going on ever since. Each year it was modified to what it is now. This years playoffs recently just finished and the results are in. Due to the Co-Vid 19 disease, this season was postponed and wasn’t what it normally was schedule wise. Normally the regular MLB season is roughly six months long plus an additional month or so including playoffs and the championship game, with the recent conditions the whole season was shortened by three months which is half of the season.
On that note, the 2020 MLB playoffs kicked off with the Wild Card Series Tuesday, September 29th for the American League and the following day for the National League.
The first braquet of this year’s playoffs. Here it shows which teams will be playing and in which League they are from, with the American league on the left and National league on the right (Image by cbs.sports).
The first games for AL
1. Houston Astros vs Minnesota Twins (4-1)
2. Chicago White Sox vs The Oakland Athletics (4-1)
3. Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays (3-1)
4. New York Yankees vs Cleveland Indians (12-3)
The first games for NL
1. Atlanta Braves vs Cincinnati Reds (1-0)
2. Miami Marlins vs Chicago Cubs (5-1)
3. St. Louis Cardinals vs San Diego Padres (7-4)
4. Los Angeles Dodgers vs Milwaukee Brewers (4-2)
The first games had already finished within a blink of an eye, the teams all played their first games already and began preparing for the next one. Since this years season hadn’t gone according to plan, changes has been made all around to accommodate the current situation. This year’s playoffs was broken down differently. The postseason expanded in a 16-team playoff tournament exclusively for the year 2020, instead of the standard 10-team tournament. Teams in each league are ranked by division winners (1–3), division runners-up (4–6) and best teams remaining (7–8). Along with the series being different than normal on top of that the teams that advanced past the wild card series did not play in their home stadium. After the first round, baseball goes into a bubble of sorts, with the four American League teams traveling to Southern California and the four National League teams to Texas.
An updated bracket of the Major League Baseball playoffs, showing which teams will be moving on to the next series (Image by cbs sports).
Moving on to the National League Division Series, from the National League, the advancing teams were the Los Angeles Dodgers vs The San Diego Padres and The Miami Marlins vs The Atlanta Braves.
The advancing teams for the American League Division Series will be the Tampa Bay Rays vs the New York Yankees and The Houston Astros vs the Oakland Athletics.
Throughout the Major League Baseball season, fans looked forward to seeing which two teams would end up battling it out for the World Champion title. Since then, four teams remained. Those who advanced were the Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros from the American League Championship, as well as the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves from the National League Championship. The League Championship consisted of a best of seven series between the Tampa Bay Rays vs the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers vs the Atlanta Braves. Moving on from here, whoever advanced would be one of the two teams participating in the long awaited Championship Series.
This is the last bracket showing all data from start to finish of which teams advanced and made it to the last round. (Image from cbs.sports).
The first Champion Series game took place on October 20th, 2020 with The Los Angeles Dodgers from the National League vs the Tampa Bay Rays. This series was back and forth and had everyone at home watching on the edge of their seat. With the Dodgers returning for another shot for the championship title and the Rays advancing to the final round for the first time in history. It was an amazing series to watch and an amazing outcome for the Dodger fans, after a long awaited 32 years of hard work and dedication the Los Angeles Dodgers rained victorious and won the 2020 World Championship of Major League Baseball.