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MLB proves (again) that it doesn’t give a shit about player health

From the first pitch of Monday’s doubleheader, it appeared to be an unhealthy atmosphere for a baseball game in Seattle. Yet, the A’s and Mariners played on — for 14 innings across 4 hours and 42 minutes, in fact — in a ballpark that looked like Snoop’s studio when he was recording Doggystyle.

Shit was smoky.

Amazingly, following Game 2, A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters that they were never consulted about the playing conditions throughout the day.

Understandably, some players were happy with the lack of communication or a decision to postpone the games.

There had been a previous belief that teams wouldn’t play when the air quality index (AQI) registered over 200, for which the Environmental Protection Agency states, “People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.” 

I know baseball isn’t football, basketball, soccer or tennis when it comes to exertion, but still. Rob Manfred and his cronies really don’t give a shit about MLB players health.

If these West Coast wildfires were raging on East Coast, maybe there’d be a different reaction. Alas, the season’s winding down and they need to squeeze these games in. And if they won’t slow the game down for a pandemic that’s pervaded the entire league, then 5 hours of smoke sure as shit wasn’t going to. It’s messed up.

For what it’s worth, Mike Minor was able to twirl a two-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in Game 2, a 9-0 A’s victory.