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    MLB announces 2020 postseason schedule

    MLB announces 2020 postseason schedule

    A year that has looked like no other will have a similarly unique finish.

    Major League Baseball announced its schedule for the 2020 Postseason, highlighted by the first neutral-site Fall Classic in modern history.

    Not only will the Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series all be played at neutral-site locations, but the schedule for these series has been altered in terms of off-days, meaning teams will have plenty of decisions to make when it comes to pitching.

    The best-of-three Wild Card Series, best-of-five Division Series and best-of-seven League Championship Series will each take place without any off-days in between games. Teams will have to decide whether to use the traditional five-man rotation, or utilize four starting pitchers, with the potential for as many as three of them pitching on short rest.

    Each series will be preceded by at least one off-day, though more are possible depending on when other series are completed.

    The 116th World Series is slated to start with Game 1 on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Globe Life Field in Arlington. A potential Game 7 is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28.

    The postseason is scheduled to commence with the top four seeds in each league hosting a best-of-three Wild Card Series, which are presented by Hankook, in their regular-season home ballparks.

    The inaugural Wild Card Series are set to begin in the American League on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and in the National League on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

    Beginning with the Division Series, all teams will shift to neutral-site locations in Southern California and Texas for the duration of the Postseason due to health, safety and competitive considerations.

    All games in the AL Division Series, which are presented by Utz, will be played in San Diego and Los Angeles, while the NL Division Series, which are presented by Doosan, will take place in Arlington and Houston.

    In the AL, the winner of the 1 vs. 8 matchup will face the 4 vs. 5 winner at Petco Park in San Diego, while the winners of the 2 vs. 7 and 3 vs. 6 matchups will square off at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

    Both best-of-five ALDS will be scheduled for Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 9.

    In the NL, Arlington’s Globe Life Field will host the Division Series featuring the winners of the 1 vs. 8 and 4 vs. 5 NL Wild Card Series, while the winners of the 2 vs. 7 and 3 vs. 6 series will play their NLDS at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

    Both best-of-five NLDS will be scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 10.

    San Diego will then host the AL Championship Series, which is presented by GEICO and will air exclusively on TBS, beginning Sunday, Oct. 11. A potential Game 7 would take place on Saturday, Oct. 17.

    The NL Championship Series, which is presented by Camping World, will begin in Arlington on Monday, Oct. 12, with a potential Game 7 taking place on Sunday, Oct. 18. The NLCS will air exclusively on FOX or FS1.

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    Little League® World Series Expansion Postponed Until 2022

    Little League® World Series Expansion Postponed Until 2022

    Due to the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, that included the cancellation of the 2020 Little League® World Series and Regional Tournaments, the Little League International Board of Directors will postpone the expansion of the Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® World Series until 2022. The decision allows the organization, and its local programs, to fully focus on providing the best 2021 season possible for all players, families, volunteers, and fans.

    “After a thorough review of our organization’s strategic initiatives as well as the ongoing uncertainty of how the Coronavirus pandemic will continue to impact the Little League program, the Little League International Board of Directors felt this was the best decision for the success of our organization and for the overall experience of each of our 6,500 local leagues,” said Hugh. E. Tanner, Little League International Board of Directors Chairman. “We look forward to the continued efforts to make the experience at all our regional and World Series tournaments exciting and memorable. The expansion of our Little League Baseball and Little League Softball World Series is one of the centerpieces of our strategic plan, and, while we’re sad to delay these plans, we are excited to welcome more communities to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Greenville, North Carolina, in 2022.”

    As many local Little League programs work on returning to play following the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, the decision allows for both Little League International and its 6,500 local leagues to take the time to strategically evaluate their needs for a successful 2021 season. Little League International will continue to focus on providing the resources and guidance for families and volunteers, to help navigate local Little League seasons throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as plan for the Little League International Tournament, where so many Little Leaguers dream of playing in a regional or World Series tournament.

    “Over the next year and a half, we are dedicated to providing the best guidance available, as we strategically evaluate and plan for all possible scenarios in 2021 and look forward to continuing our efforts to prepare for expansion and provide the once-in-a-lifetime experience to more children in 2022,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “With the celebration of the 75th Little League Baseball World Series now pushed back until 2022 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it is only fitting that the decision to expand remains in coordination with that event, as we get ready to celebrate the next chapter of this iconic event.”

    Originally announced in August 2019, the decision was made to expand the number of teams at the Little League Baseball World Series from 16 to 20 and Little League Softball World Series from 10 to 12 with the goal of providing more children with the opportunity to experience the benefits of the World Series, both on and off the field, as well as the overall journey through the Little League International Tournament.

    Based on the postponement of the expansion, Little League International will continue to evaluate the timeline of its facility enhancements that are connected to the expansion in Williamsport. More information regarding the expansion, as it becomes available, will be communicated directly to local league officials and can be found on

    Little League® Cancels 2020 World Series and Region Tournaments

    Little League® Cancels 2020 World Series and Region Tournaments

    Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Little League International has made the difficult and disappointing decision to cancel its World Series and Region Tournaments for first time in organization history; commits approximately $1.2 million in support to local leagues
    2020 MLB Little League Classic Presented by GEICO Also Canceled; Event Will Return in 2021
    After a thorough assessment of the impact the devastating COVID-19 pandemic has had on 6,500 community-based Little League® programs in 84 countries and based upon the direction of governmental and public health authorities, and in consultation with medical professionals and our Board of Directors, Little League International has made the difficult and disappointing decision to cancel its seven World Series tournaments and their respective regional qualifying events.

    “This is a heartbreaking decision for everyone at Little League International, but more so for those millions of Little Leaguers who have dreamt of one day playing in one of our seven World Series events,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “After exhausting all possible options, we came to the conclusion that because of the significant public health uncertainty that will still exist several months from now, and with direction from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, as well as senior public health officials and government leaders from locations where our other six World Series are held, as well as the their qualifying regional tournaments, it will not be possible to proceed with our tournaments as we’ve hosted them for nearly 75 years.”

    As we assessed the feasibility of including these tournament opportunities as part of that resumption of play, a number of factors went into the decision to cancel the World Series and Regional Tournaments, including:

    The inability to play qualifying tournaments in many of our U.S. and International regions, coupled with direction from federal officials regarding the complexity of international travel restrictions and immigration requirements.
    An indication from teams from around the globe that they will be unable to participate or travel to these tournaments.
    The testing and mitigation protocols that would need to be in place at these significant public events should an individual participating or attending an event be diagnosed with COVID-19.
    The cancellation includes the 82 regional qualifying tournaments and their respective seven World Series events:

    Little League Baseball – South Williamsport, Pa.
    Little League Softball® – Greenville, N.C.
    Intermediate (50/70) Baseball – Livermore, Calif.
    Junior League Baseball – Taylor, Mich.
    Junior League Softball – Kirkland, Wash.
    Senior League Baseball – Easley, S.C.
    Senior League Softball –Sussex County, Del.
    As 2021 was originally supposed to be the playing of the 75th Little League Baseball World Series, that celebration will now take place in 2022. More information about World Series locations and future dates can be found at

    As a result of this decision, the 2020 MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO, originally scheduled for August 23 between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, has also been canceled. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have already committed to returning to Williamsport for the 2021 MLB Little League Classic next August.

    “Delivering this news comes with a very heavy heart. We have never had to cancel our World Series tournaments, but, right now, as our world comes together, we must do everything we can to help stem the spread of this deadly virus,” said Hugh E. Tanner, Little League International Board of Directors Chairman. “While we take this pause from the World Series and Regional Tournaments this summer, we are committed to working with our volunteers and staff to continue to provide an unparalleled youth sports experience to all children and be back stronger than ever in 2021.”

    To assist the local Little League programs as they continue to assess their local operations, Little League International will be crediting all chartered programs with the affiliation fees paid for their chartered teams in 2020, which totals approximately $1.2 million in support to local leagues. These funds will be credited through Little League’s Data Center and be available for local leagues to use on current balances, future affiliation and insurance fees, tournament enrollment, and other Little League-related expenses.

    As each state and community will have different guidance for resuming organized youth sports, Little League International strongly encourages volunteers to confirm with their local and state health officials that it is safe to do so before resuming Little League activity after May 11. These playing opportunities could include not only regular season activities, but opportunities for local district, and, perhaps, state all-star tournament play to provide players, especially those moving up to a new age division in 2021, a tournament experience, if possible and safe.

    “Little League® Pep Talks” Give Inspiration to Children Around the World

    “Little League® Pep Talks” Give Inspiration to Children Around the World

    While Little League® programs around the world may be temporarily shut down due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Little League International is finding new ways to keep all of its players, volunteers, and fans in a positive mood with the launch of #LLPepTalk.

    Brought together from celebrities and notable alumni from every aspect of the industry, the #LLPepTalk series is providing Little Leaguers® all around the world with a sense of positivity and hope as communities work together to stop the spread and return to the ballfields. Here are some of the great #LLPepTalk videos that have already been featured:

    “These are unprecedented times we are all facing due to the Coronavirus, but we want to make sure that all of our Little Leaguers, parents, and volunteers are staying positive and hopeful as we work to get back to normalcy,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “We hope these pep talks will help keep everyone focused on the bigger picture and unite us all together as we battle this global pandemic and keep the Little League experience alive at home.”

    Fans, celebrities, parents, players, and volunteers are all encouraged to share their own #LLPepTalk on social media by tagging @LittleLeague on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and by using #LLPepTalk to engage in the conversation.

    To check out some of the top #LLPepTalks from around the world, visit

    Little League® Graduates Take the Field for 2019 MLB Postseason

    Little League® Graduates Take the Field for 2019 MLB Postseason

    After another exciting major league season, more than 70 former Little Leaguers will be taking the field this October to compete in the 2019 MLB Playoffs.

    From Hall of Famers to Home Run Derby champions, hundreds of Little League grads have had great success in the Major Leagues and more than 50 of them even had the chance to play in the Little League Baseball World Series growing up. This year’s postseason features five current major leaguers who also got the chance to be a part of the Little League Baseball World Series growing up as well as three who played in the Senior League Baseball World Series.

    With the MLB Postseason now upon us, it’s time to look at the confirmed Little League graduates who are on each team’s 40-man roster (including those on the injured list) heading into the playoffs this October.

    Atlanta Braves

    • Ozzie Albies – Pariba LL (Willemstad, Curacao)
    • Johan Camargo – Bethania (Panama) LL
    • Freddie Freeman – Long Beach (Calif.) LL
    • Max Fried – Encino (Calif.) LL
    • Matt Joyce – North Brandon (Fla.) LL
    • Brian McCann – League Six LL (Huntington, W.V.)
    • Mark Melancon –
    • Sean Newcomb – Middleboro (Mass.) LL
    • Chad Sobotka – Sarasota (Fla.) American LL
    • Julio Teheran – Comfenalco LL (Cartagena, Colombia)
    • Touki Toussaint – Coral Springs (Fla.) American LL

    Houston Astros

    • Alex Bregman – Eastdale LL (Albuquerque, N.M.)
    • Gerrit Cole – Tustin Western LL (Newport Beach, Calif.)
    • Carlos Correa – Villa Blanca LL (Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico)
    • Zack Greinke – Conway LL (Orlando, Fla.)
    • Martin Maldonado – Naguabo, Puerto Rico
    • Lance McCullers Jr. – Citrus Park (Fla.) LL
    • President of Business Operations Reid Ryan – Alvin (Texas) American LL
    • Aaron Sanchez – West Barstow (Calif.) LL
    • George Springer – Walicki LL (New Britain, Conn.)
    • Kyle Tucker – Tampa Bay (Fla.) LL
    • Justin Verlander – Tuckahoe (Va.) LL

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    • Austin Barnes – Magnolia LL (Riverside, Calif.)
    • Cody Bellinger – Chandler (Ariz.) National LL – 2007 LLBWS
    • Walker Buehler – Lexington (Ky.) Eastern LL
    • Rich Hill – Milton (Mass.) American LL
    • Kenley Jansen – Pabao LL (Willemstad, Curacao) – 2003 SLBWS
    • Joc Pederson – Palo Alto (Calif.) LL
    • Julio Urias – Culiacan, Mexico
    • Duncan Webb (Player Development) – Wyoma (Mass.) LL

    Milwaukee Brewers

    • Alex Claudio – Juncos, Puerto Rico
    • Mike Moustakas – Northridge City (Calif.) LL
    • Travis Shaw – Conejo Valley (Calif.) LL
    • Christian Yelich – Thousand Oaks (Calif.) LL

    Minnesota Twins

    • Jose Berrios – Santa Monica LL (Bayamon, Puerto Rico)
    • Jason Castro – Castro Valley, Puerto Rico
    • Eddie Rosario – Guayama, Puerto Rico
    • Jonathan Schoop – Pabao LL (Willemstad, Curacao) 2003, 04 LLBWS; 2008 SLBWS

    New York Yankees

    • Dellin Betances – Felix Millan (N.Y.) LL/OLS (N.Y.) LL
    • Jacoby Ellsbury – Jefferson County (Ore.) LL
    • Edwin Encarnacion – La Romana, Dominican Republic
    • Didi Gregorious – Pabao LL (Willemstad, Curacao)
    • J.A. Happ – Peru (Ill.) LL
    • Kyle Higashioka – Seaview LL/Walnut Creek LL (Huntingdon Beach, Calif.)
    • Aaron Judge – Linden (Calif.) LL
    • J. LeMahieu – East Madison LL (Visalia, Calif.)
    • CC Sabathia – North Vallejo (Calif.) LL
    • Giancarlo Stanton – Tujunga (Calif.) LL
    • Stephen Tarpley – Gilbert (Ariz.) American LL

    Oakland Athletics

    • Ryan Buchter – Blackwood (N.J.) Kiwanis LL
    • Matt Chapman – Lake Forest (Calif.) LL
    • Jharel Cotton – St. Thomas LL (USVI)
    • Sean Manaea – Wanatah (Ind.) LL
    • Daniel Mengden – Memorial-Ashford (Texas) LL
    • Yusmeiro Petit – Coquivacoa LL (Maracaibo, Venezuela) – 1994 LLBWS
    • Chad Pinder – Poquoson (Va.) LL
    • Stephen Piscotty – Livermore (Calif.) LL
    • Jurickson Profar – Pabao LL (Willemstead, Curacao) – 2004 LLBWS
    • Lou Trivino – Pennridge (Pa.) LL

    St. Louis Cardinals

    • Harrison Bader – Eastchester (N.Y.) LL
    • Matt Carpenter – Quail Valley (Mo.) LL
    • Jack Flaherty – Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Southern LL
    • Kolten Wong – Hilo (Hawaii) American LL – 2007 SLBWS

    Tampa Bay Rays

    • Jose De Leon – Isabela, Puerto Rico
    • Matt Duffy – Long Beach, Calif.
    • Charlie Morton – Trumbull (Conn.) LL
    • Daniel Robertson – Upland (Calif.) Foothill LL
    • Blake Snell – Richmond (Wash.) LL

    Washington Nationals

    • Howie Kendrick – Callahan (Fla.) LL
    • Andrew Stevenson – Lafayette (La.) LL – 2005 LLBWS
    • Trea Turner – West Boynton Beach (Fla.) LL
    • Ryan Zimmerman – Virginia Beach LL