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The MLB playoffs continued on Wednesday and turned up to full intensity, with the National League joining the party. In total there were eight games in one day, an all-time record. When the dust settled, the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays were eliminated, taking us down to 14 teams.

But the biggest news of the day regards the future of the playoffs, a couple weeks down the road. Major League Baseball will allow fans to attend games during the NLCS and World Series, reports the Associated Press. Both series are being held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, and 11,500 tickets will be sold for each of those games, representing around 28% of the park’s capacity. Fans will sit in groups of four, with each group spaced apart from each other and from the players. (Note: The ALCS will be played in San Diego.)

This will mark massive progress during a year in which fans weren’t allowed to attend any games at all. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing safety protocols, including social distancing and avoidance of dense crowds, the MLB season was shortened from 162 games down to just 60, and doors were not open for public spectators. Teams played in front of empty stadiums, usually with the seats filled with cardboard cutouts bearing the likenesses of fans, players, and celebrities.

The pandemic is not over, having claimed over 200,000 lives in the United States alone, and with no vaccine available yet. But public restrictions have gradually lightened as the summer has progressed, and now MLB will take the next step by putting some fans in the seats for the biggest games of the year.

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Win! Back in the familiar territory of the winner-take-all elimination game, this time in Game 3. (Below: Semien homers against the team that traded him to the A’s.)

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Khris Davis also homered in Game 2, a sight to behold after a two-year slump

Rudi! Rudi! Rudi!

Deja vu all over again

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Breaking news: National broadcasts suck. I still believe MLB should find a way to use local crews in the postseason to cover their own teams.

Is it worse to always lose Game 5, or to never even get to it in the first place?