Dan Haren announces his retirement after 13 seasons

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Throughout the season Cubs right-hander Dan Haren strongly hinted that it would be last and today the three-time All-Star made his retirement official.

Haren is certainly still good enough to keep pitching. This season at age 34 he logged 187 innings with a 3.60 ERA for the Marlins and Cubs, starting at least 30 games for the 11th consecutive year.

St. Louis’ second-round draft pick in 2001 out of Pepperdine, he was traded to Oakland in December of 2004 as part of the Mark Mulder deal and then traded to Arizona three years later as part of a big deal involving Carlos Gonzalez.

Haren finishes with a 3.75 ERA in 2,420 innings for eight different teams, including a three-season run as an ace-caliber starter from 2007-2009. Injuries sapped some of Haren’s effectiveness after that and he always struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark, but he threw strikes, missed more bats than most pitchers with his modest raw stuff, and was one of the better-hitting pitchers with a career .200 batting average and 28 extra-base hits.

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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