Hurricane Hilary forces MLB to reschedule three games in California in anticipation of the Category 4 storm’s dangerous weather conditions
- All three of the games will now be played as double headers on Saturday
- The LA Galaxy and LAFC have also rescheduled games ahead of the storm
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Major League Baseball has rescheduled three of this Sunday’s games in California in anticipation of dangerous weather conditions forecasted for Hurricane Hilary.
MLB announced the changed as the storm churned off Mexico´s Pacific coast Friday as a powerful Category 4 storm.
All of the games that the league decided to change, which were the Arizona Diamondbacks at the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays at the Los Angeles Angels and Miami Marlins at the Los Angeles Dodgers, will now be played Saturday as doubleheaders.
‘I’m very grateful that they were proactive in the thought,’ Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
‘It´s certainly going to be an inconvenience for some people that had Sunday tickets, but to at least get ahead of it made sense to me. … This is crazy. A hurricane, Southern California, this is very unprecedented, clearly. I just want to make sure we get ahead of it, people get safe and it passes us by.’
MLB has rescheduled three games this weekend in anticipation of Hurricane Hilary
The San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks game has been rescheduled by MLB
The final of the three games rescheduled was the LA Angeles and the Tampa Bay Rays
The first game in San Diego begins at 12:10pm local time, and the second is scheduled for 5:40pm. The opener at Angel Stadium starts at 1:07pm local time, and the nightcap is scheduled for 6:07pm. The games at Dodger Stadium are scheduled for 12pm and 6:10pm.
‘I’ve lived here 52 years, I’ve never heard something like this,’ Angels manager Phil Nevin said. ‘Part of me is like, “Wow.” Part of you is excited to see what goes on with these things, but I´ll be honest, the more I read about and hear about it, I get a little bit nervous, too.’
Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Football Club also rescheduled games. The Galaxy were scheduled to host Real Salt Lake on Sunday, but that matchup was pushed back to October 14.
LAFC’s game against Colorado was postponed from Sunday to Wednesday night at BMO Stadium.
Hilary grew in strength early Friday before losing some steam, with its maximum sustained winds clocked at 130 mph in the evening, after falling from 145 mph.
It was forecast to still be a hurricane when approaching Mexico´s Baja California peninsula on Saturday night and a tropical storm when approaching Southern California on Sunday.
The LA Galaxy and LAFC have also rescheduled games ahead of the anticipated storm
Hurricane Hilary, grew to a Category 4 strength and could reach Southern California soon
No tropical storm has made landfall in Southern California since September 25, 1939, according to the National Weather Service.
‘To be completely honest, I didn´t even know hurricanes were an option out here,’ Tampa Bay pitcher Zach Eflin said. ‘I didn´t find that out until today. I just pray it will be a tropical storm by the time it hits the land here.’
The NFL has two exhibition games scheduled for this weekend at SoFi Stadium in Southern California. The Los Angeles Rams host the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday night, and the Los Angeles Chargers face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night.
There was no word from the league on the status of those two games.