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As if numerous MLB cancellations due to Covid-19 was not enough, we now have a new enemy on the horizon: Hurricane Laura.
It seems as though Major League Baseball can not get a break this season. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels game that was scheduled for this Wednesday, August 26th, has been postponed. This being yet another cancellation after what seems to be an ongoing issue with coronavirus cases in the MLB.
Hurricane Laura has already caused a lot of damage to Texas and the Gulf Coast, according to The Weather Channel. The hurricane approached a Category Four and has been nicknamed an “unsurvivable” storm. The governor of Texas believes that the mandatory evacuations saved lives.
With the occurrence of this terrible storm, the game has been pushed to a double header sometime in September. This seems to be the case for many MLB teams during these unpresented times. For instance, one of the many ways baseball has managed to get all postponed games scheduled before the end of September was by arranging numerous seven-inning doubleheaders. So far, fourteen double headers have been booked because eleven out of thirty leagues have been affected with schedule postponements. According to CBS Sports, the Cardinals, Tigers, White Sox, Brewers, Phillies, Blue Jays, Orioles, Red Sox, Marlins, Nationals and Yankees have been hit with postponements. Let’s hope that the list does not expand during the remains of the MLB season.
In regard to the cancellation of this Wednesday’s game, a press release was made stating, “Major League Baseball announced today that Wednesday’s game between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, September 5th at Angel Stadium in Anaheim beginning at 4:07 p.m. (PT) due to the track of Hurricane Laura. The Angels will be the home team for the first game, which is regularly scheduled content between the Clubs, while the Astros will serve as the home team in the second game, which will make up Wednesday’s content.”
Games are truly being cancelled left and right and with all these alterations being made for the MLB in regards to schedule changes they can’t afford another cancellation resulting in an extended season. Let’s just hope it's a smooth September for the sake of major league baseball.