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.
Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:
Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.
They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.
Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.
Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.
So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.