SEATTLE — Monday’s doubleheader between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners was played with a haze of smoke hovering above the field at T-Mobile Park, even with the retractable roof of the stadium closed.
Wildfires on the West Coast have suffocated much of the Pacific Northwest with unhealthy air conditions that brought into question whether the games would even be played. The air quality index in the Seattle area surpassed 200 on Monday, a number considered “very unhealthy.”
“No one said a word,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I heard 200 was the cutoff level to start and my understanding is it was way over that, both games.”
Melvin said several players were complaining during the second game about how bad the air was on the field.
“I’m a healthy 22-year-old. I shouldn’t be gasping for air or missing oxygen. I’ll leave it at that,” Oakland’s Game 1 starter Jesus Luzardo said.
“And then as you got going [I] didn’t really notice it,” Minor said. “Got into game mode, I guess. I didn’t really have that long [of] innings. I felt like they were pretty smooth. But I know a lot of the other guys were talking about it, saying how difficult it was.”
The doubleheader was a makeup of three games scheduled for earlier this month that were postponed after the A’s saw a player test positive for the coronavirus. The third of the three games to be made up will take place on Sept. 26 at Oakland as part of another doubleheader.
“I think it was OK breathing, but we definitely noticed it,” Seattle center fielder Kyle Lewis said. “The sky was all foggy and smoky, it definitely wasn’t a normal situation, definitely a little weird.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.