Seattle – The double header on Monday between Athletic Oakland and the Seattle Mariners was played with a mist of smoke hanging over the field at T-Mobile Park, even on the retractable roof of the stadium.
West Coast forest fires have suffocated much of the Pacific Northwest with unhealthy air conditions that have questioned whether the games will be played at all. The Seattle air quality index topped 200 on Monday, which is considered “very unhealthy.”
“No one said a word,” A manager Bob Melvin said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’ve heard that 200 is the limit level to start, and I understand that it was a lot more than the two games.”
Melvin said several players complained during the second game about how bad the air was on the pitch.
“I’m a healthy 22-year-old. I shouldn’t gasp for air or leak oxygen. I’ll leave it at that,” said Auckland’s Game 1 starter Jesus Luzardo.
A’s facilitator, Jake Dickman, asked MLB what the “air quality cut” was in a post-match tweet, and Game 2 starter Mike Minor said he could smell smoke on the pitch.
“And then when you leave [I] I really didn’t notice it, “Miner said.” I went into game mode, I guess. In fact, I didn’t have that much time [of] inning. I felt they were pretty smooth. But I know a lot of other guys talked about it, saying how hard it was. “
The doubleheader consisted of three games scheduled for earlier this month, which were postponed after A saw a coronavirus-positive player test. The third of the three fictional games will take place on September 26 in Auckland as part of another double chapter.
“I think he was breathing well, but we definitely noticed him,” said Seattle center-back Kyle Lewis. “The sky was completely foggy and smoky, definitely not a normal situation, definitely a little strange.”
Seattle started 6-5 on Monday, recovering from a 5-0 deficit before Auckland won 9-0 in the night’s championship.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.