CHICAGO — Hurricane Irene could force rescheduling of at least one of the Braves’ weekend games against the Mets in New York.
With Irene potentially headed toward the Northeast and heavy rains in the Sunday forecast, baseball commissioner Bud Selig said contingency plans have been discussed for weekend games in New York, Philadelphia and Boston.
He didn’t elaborate on what those changes could be, or how long baseball officials would continue to monitor the hurrican’s path before deciding whether to make any schedule changes.
Braves players hoped that a Friday or Saturday doubleheader might be scheduled, enabling them to get out of town before Sunday.
“The weather reports are all different, so we’ll see what path it takes,” Selig said. “But we are trying to make as many contingency plans as we can. We’re trying to figure out what we could do in case we have the one really bad day of rain.”
If it looks like Sunday’s game would be rained out, Braves player-union representative David Ross said players would prefer to make it up Friday or Saturday rather than have to reschedule it on a mutual off day in September.
Since Saturday’s game is a 4 p.m. game on Fox, a doubleheader that day could be more difficult to schedule than one on Friday. The Braves will travel to New York from Chicago following Thursday afternoon’s series finale against the Cubs.