Sports | September 15, 2020 11:11 am

MLB Wants to Eliminate Postgame Champagne Celebrations in Clubhouse

The league is going to ask teams to limit or eliminate access to alcohol for players

MLB Eliminating Postgame Champagne Celebrations for Playoff Winners
Tampa Bay Rays players celebrate with champagne for clinching a Wild-Card spot.
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In order to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus during postgame celebrations this playoff season, Major League Baseball is going to ask teams to eliminate access to alcohol for players after games, The New York Post reports.

In a memo that is going to be sent to teams this week with the expanded postseason fast approaching, MLB is going to remind teams that the country is still in the grips of a pandemic and that players must still strive to cut down on contact after clinching a division, a playoff spot or a postseason series.

To ensure that happens, MLB is going to attempt to remove the presence of alcohol, according to The Post.

“The teams supply it in celebratory moments and MLB is going to forbid its presence,” according to the paper. “MLB also can, to a large extent through the teams, control the clubhouse. To that end, the league is going to ask players to celebrate on the field and to mask up as soon as it’s possible to do so. Commemorative shirts and caps are likely to be distributed in a way to limit contact with as many people as possible.”

It makes sense for MLB to take this type of action because, with the playoff field growing from 10 teams to 16 this season as part of a one-year agreement, there are going to be more celebrations than ever before.

Though they won’t be as much fun, it’s in everyone’s best interest for them to be safe.

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