MLB is considering having a ‘bubble’ type setup for the playoffs this year, similar to the NBA and NHL, and Miller Park is a candidate to be a hub.
The Brewers obviously hope to be a part of the postseason this year, but even on the off-chance they don’t make it, there could still be postseason baseball in Miller Park this year.
After seeing the success of the NBA’s and NHL’s bubbles to finish out their seasons and the relative lack of success with MLB’s plan of keeping all teams in their home ballparks, the league is wisely considering a bubble setup for the postseason.
According to Jon Heyman, a Milwaukee-Chicago bubble is among the options being considered by MLB.
The Milwaukee-Chicago bubble would have three MLB stadiums available for use, and should there be rain or bad weather, Miller Park is the only option that has a retractable roof. Unsurprisingly, MLB is probably including Chicago just because of the larger market and being able to use “historic Wrigley Field” as part of their playoff pomp and circumstance.
MLB has used the Brewers home field for things like this before, including housing an Indians-Angels series back in 2007 and moving a series against Miami here because of a hurricane down in Florida.
The retractable roof in Milwaukee and the central location in the country makes Miller Park an ideal spot for MLB. Wisconsin has not been a huge place for Covid outbreaks compared to states such as Texas, Florida, and California that are also being considered, which is also helpful towards the Brewers getting to host.
Brewers Hosting Playoffs
Just think about the potential impact this could have on the Brewers on the field. Should they make the playoffs, they would be able to play their games at home, in a comfortable atmosphere in a park they are extremely familiar with. Although they likely won’t have 40,000 screaming fans to help them, just being home should help.
It’s certainly far preferable to heading out to the west coast or down to Texas to play all those playoff games over there.
We finally could get a World Series in Miller Park, even though the Brewers might not be the team playing in it, and we might not be able to have fans in the stands. Still, hosting the playoff bubble would be a huge honor for Milwaukee.
The playoffs are expanded this year, which helps the Brewers chances of making it in, but making it through to the end is going to be even more difficult.