Saturday, September 04, 2004

Mother Nature Creates Scheduling Woes

Hurricane Frances is lumbering towards the Florida coastline and is expected to make land fall sometime Saturday. The Chicago Cubs are supposed to be visiting the Florida Marlins for a three game series that was scheduled to begin Sept. 3rd. Because of the hurricane the first two games of the series have been postponed and it is likelt the third game will come to the same fate. The only problem is that there are only 29 games left in the regular season and no obvious room for make-up games. Why didn't MLB just move the whole series to Wrigley and let the Marlins be the home team? I don't know, although there may be difficulties doing so that are not shared with the public. The biggest problem is that the Marlins are 2.5 games behind the Cubs in the NL Wild Card race. This series may have to move the post season back a week for the two teams to settle the Wild Card out. We'll have to wait and see.

As of Saturday, Sept. 4, the entire series has been canceled. As of now the games are not rescheduled. Here is the ESPN report:
"The series was not rescheduled, but Marlins officials assured fans the games will be played at Pro Player Stadium in Miami. Likely makeup dates are Sept. 20, the only common off day between the clubs, and Oct. 4, the day before the playoffs begin."


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