The league and its fans are looking to the future, where an expanded postseason awaits. And, if Texas officials give their OK, fans will be a part of it, commissioner Rob Manfreid confirmed this week. Houston and Arlington, which are hosting the National League Championship Series (NLCS) and World Series are in the final stages of approving a return of fans to the stadium at those ballparks.

MLB will host most of the postseason at neutral sites in Southern California and Texas. The AL teams will play at Dodger Stadium and Petco Park in California during the Division Series and Championship Series, while the NL will play at Minute Maid Park and Globe Life Field. The World Series will also be played at Globe Life Field, in Arlington, Texas.

It is unclear at this point what capacity will be allowed for home games in Texas, which currently allows attendance of up to 50 percent of venue capacity for large stadiums. But the league is pleased with the possibility of having any fans in the building, which Manfred emphasized plays an outsided role in the game experience itself, even for for the players.