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Brian McCann is no longer the Yankees catcher

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This was already happening, as Brian McCann has caught less and less for the Yankees in recent weeks. Today, however, Joe Girardi made it official, saying that Gary Sanchez will be the club’s primary catcher going forward. McCann will DH.

Given how most regular catchers feel about not catching (paging Jonathan Lucroy) this should probably be seen as a means of getting McCann to more readily waive his no-trade clause. McCann has cleared waivers and is still owed $34M over the next two seasons, but his ability to veto any possible trade has likely been an additional inhibitor to any possible deal. Given the Yankees’ recent selloff/casting off of veterans and its commitment to young players, it’s clear that McCann is not in the club’s long-term plans. Taking away the last thing he had left — playing time behind the plate — is just the next logical step in that process.

McCann is not worth his contract, but he is not a worthless player. He’s hitting .222/.333/.404, which is an OPS+ of 98. Not Brian McCann numbers like we used to know, but good enough to suggest that he can still be someone’s catcher. Just not the Yankees’.

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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