The two-game series between the Seattle Mariners and the San Francisco Giants, which was scheduled to begin Tuesday in Seattle, was postponed because of poor air quality caused by wildfires on the West Coast.
The games will be made up at Oracle Park in San Francisco, although the Mariners will be the home team. Wednesday’s game will be played at 6:45 p.m. EDT, while Thursday’s game will be played at 1:10 p.m. EDT.
“Unfortunately, the air quality in Seattle has gotten worse overnight here at T-Mobile Park and it is not clearing at all today,” Mariners President Kevin Mather said in a statement. “To assure the games could be played, the best solution was to relocate to the Bay Area. We appreciate the Giants' willingness to work with us on this challenge, and we look forward to returning to T-Mobile Park on Friday to host the (San Diego) Padres.”
Although the air quality seemed to be improving Tuesday afternoon, Giants manager Gabe Kapler said both teams, Major League Baseball and the players' union agreed that postponement was the proper decision, ESPN reported.
“This is certainly a joint decision that was in the best interest of the players,” Kapler told reporters. “Everybody was reading the reports on the air quality. We all wanted to be safe, and players were definitely expressing some concerns.”
Originally, both teams had an off-day Thursday, so that allowed MLB to avoid scheduling a doubleheader for Wednesday.
The Giants had already flown to Seattle, but returned home Tuesday night, MLB.com reported.
Smoke coming from both the Oregon and eastern Washington wildfires settled in over the Seattle area, making visibility difficult and hampering air quality, MLB.com reported.
According to air.gov, conditions in the Seattle area were still listed as “very unhealthy” late Tuesday night.