Marlins-Brewers series will shift to Milwaukee
(TSX / STATS) -- The Marlins agreed to move this weekend's scheduled home series against the Brewers to Milwaukee as Miami attempts to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, it was announced Wednesday.
"Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Miami Marlins, agreed that it is in the best interest of our community to relocate this weekend's Marlins games," Marlins president David Samson said in a statement. "Marlins Park stood ready to host the games, but we all agreed that burdening public service resources was not the proper course of action.
"Following Hurricane Irma, the Miami Marlins realize that all of our employees, as well as our entire community, have other needs that must take a priority at this time."
Marlins Park sustained minor roof damage in the hurricane, which ravaged the state of Florida.
The Marlins are the second major league team displaced by Irma, as the Tampa Bay Rays moved their three-game series against the Yankees to New York's Citi Field.
Despite playing at home, the Brewers will take the role of the visiting team and will bat first.
"We will be batting first but in terms of the rest of the experience, this is Miller Park," Brewers chief executive officer Rick Schlesinger said. "The Sausage Races will go on, and we'll have our normal walk-up music for our players and normal in-game experience, with some changes."
This will mark the third time a series will be moved to Miller Park because of weather, but the first time involving the Brewers. The Angels and Indians moved a three-game series to Milwaukee in 2007 because of a massive snowstorm in Cleveland and the Astros "hosted" the Cubs in 2008 because of Hurricane Ike. Carlos Zambrano threw a no-hitter during that series.
Updated September 13, 2017