The Dodgers end the drought and take home the World Series win

The first Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason games of 2020 took place September 29 with only 16 teams competing for the Commissioner’s Trophy and the title of World Series champions. 

With a shortened season of only 60 games, it was a much different process for getting to and through the playoffs than a traditional season. Games were played in different playoff bubbles rather than in the respective teams home fields. For the American League (AL), the teams played in southern California at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Petco Park in San Diego. The National League (NL) teams played in Texas at the new Globe Life field in Arlington and Minute Maid Park in Houston. 

During the playoff season there were teams trailblazing early on to fight for their spot in the World Series. By October 5, there were only eight teams left in the postseason. All were competing in their Division Series (DS). For the AL, these teams included the Tampa Bay Rays, who won the series against the New York Yankees with a record of 3-2 and the Houston Astros who won the series against the Oakland Athletics 3-1. The NL top teams included the Los Angeles Dodgers who won 3-0 against the unlikely challengers the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves who won with a final record of 3-0 against the Miami Marlins in the National League Division Series (NLDS). In the American League Championship Series (ALCS), the Rays defeated the Astros in a tight seven game series, with rookie, superstar and outfielder Randy Arozarena winning the ALCS Most Valuable Player (MVP). The Dodgers also won their seven game series against the Braves, coming back from a 3-1 deficit, with shortstop Corey Seager named the National League Championship Series (NLCS) MVP for his record-breaking performance in the series. 

The first game of the World Series was played at Globe Life field in Arlington between the two teams with the best records in baseball this season: the Dodgers and the Rays. Although there was restrictions in place due to the ongoing pandemic, a limited number of fans were allowed in attendance. Most of the fans proved to bleed blue though the series was played far from Los Angeles. The Dodgers sought an early lead in the series with a win in game one led by future Hall of Fame pitcher Clayton Kershaw versus Hart alumni Tyler Glasnow. The Rays made the series even in game two, and the Dodgers took the lead once more with a victory in game three. Game four, arguably the closest and most nail-biting game of the series, led to a Rays victory with a final score of 7-8 with a walkoff by an error. The Dodgers took game five with a rematch between Kershaw and Glasnow. With the series 3-2 going into game 6, the game was a make or break for both teams. The low scoring game eventually led to a win for the Los Angeles Dodgers and their first World Series title since 1988. Seager was named MVP of the series. Dodger fans could be seen celebrating at home, setting off fireworks and parading in the streets of LA. 

Although the legitimacy of the season and the World Series champions has been questioned because of the shortened season, the Los Angeles Dodgers took their World Series win as redemption for the 2017 and 2018 World Series.