2020 continues to show us how many things we have to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes MLB celebrations after clinching postseason bids and clinching the division.
MLB playoff celebrations are being dealt a sobering blow this season. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the league is forbidding the presence of alcohol from any stadium celebration as teams clinch playoff spots and advance through each round of the postseason.
The league is working to finalize on implementing more restrained and socially distant celebrations amid the coronavirus pandemic. MLB is urging to stop dogpile celebrations and to keep celebrations outdoors while masking up as soon as they possibly can. They also plan to distribute T-shirts and caps in a way to limit contact.
Some of these things may be difficult for the league to enforce, but the one thing they can control is the presence of alcohol, which is provided by the teams. MLB can control the clubhouse through the teams, and removing the presence of alcohol which players typically douse one another with.
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