A’s and Mariners Play Doubleheader Despite ‘Very Low’ Air Quality

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A compressed schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic has led Major League Baseball to seek out inventive options to get a 60-game season in by October. That perseverance took a flip towards harmful on Monday when the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners performed a doubleheader regardless of wildfires on the West Coast ensuing within the air high quality in Seattle being rated as “very unhealthy.”

The wildfires, which have resulted in huge injury, together with loads of dystopian photos from California, Oregon and Washington, have introduced Air Quality Index into the general public vernacular. At the beginning of the primary recreation in Seattle on Monday, the A.Q.I. was 220, based on AirNow, and it reached 240 throughout recreation play — something over 200 carries elevated well being dangers for anybody outside, with strenuous exercise closely discouraged.

Oakland Manager Bob Melvin stated in a postgame video convention that his group had not been consulted about whether or not the video games ought to proceed, and that he had been beneath the impression that video games wouldn’t be performed with an A.Q.I. in extra of 200. According to The Seattle Times, M.L.B. doesn’t have tips or a said threshold for A.Q.I.

“I’m a healthy 22-year-old,” stated Jesus Luzardo, Oakland’s beginning pitcher within the first recreation of the doubleheader. “I shouldn’t be gasping for air or missing oxygen. I’ll leave it at that.”

The groups break up the doubleheader, with the Mariners profitable the primary recreation, 6-5, and the A’s taking the second, 9-0.

Seattle middle fielder Kyle Lewis, who robbed Ramon Laureano of a grand slam within the first inning of the second recreation, talked afterward in regards to the unusual scene.

“I think it was OK breathing, but we definitely noticed it,” Lewis instructed reporters. “The sky was all foggy and smoky; it definitely wasn’t a normal situation, definitely a little weird.’”

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