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Diamondbacks fire GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale

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The Diamondbacks have fired GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, the club announced on Monday. The news comes as no surprise as the Diamondbacks had another disappointing season, finishing at 69-93 despite adding Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller, among others, going into the 2016 campaign.

Stewart in particular received criticism for the Miller trade with the Braves, which cost the club 2015 No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson as well as pitching prospect Aaron Blair and outfielder Ender Inciarte. Miller battled mechanical woes and an injury, finishing 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio in 101 innings. He was even demoted to Triple-A during the second half.

In two seasons as the manager of the D’Backs, Hale went 148-176 (.457).

The fate of D’Backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa is still not yet known, though he has been on the hot seat just as much as Stewart and Hale. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the club is still trying to determine what role he will have going forward.

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 MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that fans will be able to attend the National League Championship Series and World Series Games. Both will take place in Texas which has been one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year.

“We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas with a ticket sales announcement expected soon,” said Manfred to reporters at USA Today Sports. “One of the most important things to our game is the presence of fans. Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game.’’

Earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys allowed over 21,000 fans into AT&T Stadium for the home opener. However, the MLB is still waiting for approval from Texas government officials. ALCS and NLCS games are expected to begin on October 11 and 12, respectively.

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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