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Marlins Park roof suffers minor damage, Tropicana Field looks OK after Hurricane Irma


The two major league ballparks in the path of Hurricane Irma seem to have gotten through mostly OK.

The Miami Herald reports — and numerous photos on social media show — that the retractable roof from Marlins Park suffered what appears to be superficial damage to some outer panels and the membrane covering it. Here’s the best one I’ve seen so far:

Miami doesn’t return home until Friday when the Milwaukee Brewers come to town, so it will be determined between now and then whether accessibility for workers, power outages, damage to transportation infrastructure and the surrounding area and that sort of thing will impact the schedule.

To the north, the Tampa Bay Times reports that Tropicana Field made it through the storm relatively unscathed. As we’ve noted already, the Rays’ series against the Yankees which kicks off tonight has been moved to Citi Field in New York. Whether their next homestand, which also begins on Friday, can take place in the Trop is subject to the same considerations regarding the surrounding areas that impact Miami.

Major League Baseball and the clubs are likely to make a determination about the schedule tomorrow, after there is more time to assess the damage and disruption caused by Irma.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.