A compressed schedule forced by the coronavirus pandemic has led Major League Baseball to find creative solutions to get a 60-game season completed by October.
which determination took a turn toward dangerous on Monday when the Oakland Athletics in addition to the Seattle Mariners played a doubleheader despite wildfires on the West Coast sending smoke pouring into Seattle, lowering the air quality to “very unhealthy” ratings by some measures.
With conditions only getting worse on Tuesday, two games between the Mariners in addition to San Francisco Giants were postponed in addition to moved to San Francisco’s Oracle Park instead. The Mariners will still be the home team inside the games, which are at which point scheduled for Wednesday in addition to Thursday.
The wildfires, which have caused enormous damage, along with plenty of dystopian images coming from California, Oregon in addition to Washington, have brought Air Quality Index into the public vernacular. At the start of the first game in Seattle on Monday, the A.Q.I. was 220, according to AirNow, in addition to the website reported which the number reached 240 during game play — anything over 0 carries increased health risks for anyone outdoors, with strenuous activity heavily discouraged.
Multiple A’s players expressed a concern at being asked to play despite the low air quality on Monday.
“I’m a healthy 22-year-old,” said Jesus Luzardo, Oakland’s starting pitcher inside the first game of the doubleheader. “I shouldn’t be gasping for air or missing oxygen. I’ll leave which at which.”
Oakland Manager Bob Melvin said in a postgame video conference which his team had not been consulted about whether the games should proceed, in addition to which he had been under the impression which games would certainly not be played with an A.Q.I. in excess of 0. While AirNow had the A.Q.I. in excess of 0 throughout both games, at least one different website, IQAir, did not record an A.Q.I. higher than 198 in Seattle on Monday.
Addressing Monday’s games, Pat Courtney, a spokesman for M.L.B., said the league had monitored the situation all day with medical experts — in addition to was in contact with both clubs — while consulting with multiple air quality experts in producing the determination about whether or not to play.
On Tuesday, with AirNow reporting an A.Q.I. of 241 at 4 p.m. Eastern time, the conditions were determined to be too dangerous to risk.
Oakland in addition to Seattle split the doubleheader on Monday, with the Mariners winning the first game, 6-5, in addition to the A’s taking the second, 9-0.
Seattle center fielder Kyle Lewis, who robbed Ramon Laureano of a potential grand slam inside the first inning of the second game, talked afterward about the strange scene.
“I think which was OK breathing, nevertheless we definitely noticed which,” Lewis told reporters. “The sky was all foggy in addition to smoky; which definitely wasn’t a normal situation, definitely a little weird.’”