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Cleveland may lose home series to Angels (now Milwaukee)
2007-04-09 07:44
by Bob Timmermann

And I don't mean getting outscored by the Angels, the Cleveland Indians could literally be forced to give up their upcoming home series against the Los Angeles Angels (Tues-Thur) and have it played in Anaheim if MLB deems that there will be too many delays from cold weather and snow.

Cleveland and Seattle are going to attempt to get in at least two of their scheduled three game series today, although snow flurries are still forecast for Cleveland today with temperatures in the 30s. (Update: Today's doubleheader was snowed out.)

Moving the Angels series was considered "unlikely" because the teams could not swap series as Cleveland is slated to play four seven games in Anaheim while the Angels would play just three in Cleveland and all the games in Anaheim are nearly sold out. So the Angels could end up with 84 home games and the Indians with 78. The decision should be made soon, presumably before the Angels fly to Cleveland. If there were an extra three games in Anaheim, the tickets would have to be sold on a walkup basis as season ticket holders would not have paid for such games already.

Play ball!

Update: The series will now be played in Milwaukee. This will be the first "neutral" field series since the Florida Marlins had to play two games against Montreal at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on Sept. 13-14, 2004. That series was moved because of the threat of a hurricane in South Florida earlier in the month.

2007-04-09 10:27:39
1.   Daniel Zappala
Has there ever been an AL game played in an NL park before? I wonder how many fans they'll get?
2007-04-09 10:28:24
2.   Vishal
interesting. why all the way in milwaukee, instead of detroit or cincinnati which are closer (and whose teams are on the road)?
2007-04-09 10:30:31
3.   Bob Timmermann
The Yankees had to move a game to Shea Stadium once because of a structural issue at Yankee Stadium.

And then there were the two whole seasons the Yankees played at Shea.

Milwaukee was chosen because it has a roof.

2007-04-09 10:35:39
4.   Vishal
maybe i should've just looked at that handy link you provided. :)
2007-04-09 11:37:32
5.   dianagramr
The boys at Retrosheet must be a little dizzy after all of this ...
2007-04-09 11:43:20
6.   DXMachina
3 Not to mention the years the Angels played in Chavez Ravine.

The Boston Braves played their home games for the 1914 World Series at Fenway Park.

2007-04-09 11:45:18
7.   Bob Timmermann
And in 1915 and 1916, the Red Sox played their World Series game at Braves Field.

Go figure.

2007-04-09 14:53:39
8.   deadteddy8
I did a quick look at weather and scheduling concerns. I'd put Milwaukee as one of four "best choices" for the games. Chicago, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh all have weather/scheduling concerns, but, obviously, I give much more weight to accessibility fo Cleveland fans than MLB does. If they'd be willing to play a double-header, then they'd almost certainly be able to play in Cinci.


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