clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Next week’s Yankees/Rays series moved to Citi Field

New, comments

The risk of Hurricane Irma has prompted the move away from Tropicana Field

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Sherman has reported that the Yankees and Rays will move their series from Tampa Bay to the Mets’ Citi Field, after evaluating the risk of playing through Hurricane Irma and possibly Hurricane Jose. Citi Field was chosen as a “neutral” site while the Mets are in Chicago to face the Cubs.

MLB attempted to move the series to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, Baltimore’s Camden Yards, and a few other locations. Short notice forced them to choose Queens, since only one team would need hotel lodging. It’s worth mentioning that the CBA guarantees a certain quality of hotel room, so MLB couldn’t get them to stay anywhere.

The announcement is the final decision after a series of possible solutions to avoid having the teams play in questionable conditions (even if the Trop is domed). One possibility was postponing Monday’s game, then having a single game played Tuesday and a doubleheader Wednesday. It was eventually decided to move the entire series to prevent a last minute crisis where the Yankees could not travel into Tampa due to safety concerns.

Hurricane Irma is the strongest hurricane ever tracked in the Atlantic Ocean, and is expected to make landfall in Florida this weekend. After tearing through the Caribbean earlier this week, many experts fear Irma will be the most destructive storm to the state of Florida since 1992’s Hurricane Andrew.