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April 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Game thread: Mariners at A’s — April 4, 2014 — game called

4-4 -- lineups

  • Umpires: HP Fieldin Culbreth (cc), 1B Manny Gonzalez, 2B Jim Reynolds, 3B Sean Barber
  • Mariners game notes: 04.04.14 Game Notes
  • A’s game notes: A’s notes 4-4
  • TV: Root NW
  • Radio: ESPN 710 or Mariners radio network

Update 9:01 p.m. — this is from A’s vice president of ballpark operations David Rinetti …

“Over the last week we’ve had probably more rain at the facility than we’ve had as long as I’ve been here, which is many, many years. The field has taken a significant hit all week, and we’ve been working with a weather consultant get as much up to date information as possible. We had information last night that there was going to be a break in the storm. And because of that we wanted to use that opportunity to help dry out the field. Unfortunately we were wrong on the amount of rain, and we got about a third of an inch of rain last night. We did not have the tarp on the field. We got here this morning, the infield was under water, and we did everything possible starting at 7 a.m. to get the field ready for tonight. Our grounds crew worked tirelessly to get the field ready and unfortunately, after we met with the managers and the umpires it was deemed that the field was not going to be ready to play on tonight.”

Update 8:13 – It will be one game tomorrow afternoon …. Felix Hernandez vs. Dan Straily at 1:05 p.m. — maybe … There is no word when the canceled game will be made up. That’s still being determined

 Update 7:13 p.m.  – the game has been called. The field conditions were not suitable to play. The infield dirt was so soft that both managers and the umpires deemed it unfit for play. No word if it will be a double header now. The players from both teams in conjunction with the players union must agree upon a plan. There would either be a doubleheader tomorrow or possibly a double header in May. The Mariners have an off day on Monday, but I doubt they want to give that up. My guess is they play just one tomorrow.

“It was very soft,” McClendon said. “That’s probably the worst conditions I’ve seen in all my years of baseball. It was not safe for the players. It was a safety issue more than anything. I think they made the right decision.”

McClendon was walking around the field after umpires asked him to inspect the field.

“I was walking toward shortstop and my ankle turned and went down, I’d say, probably two inches,” he said.

McClendon was informed that there was a problem when he arrived at O.co Coliseum.

“I got here at 12:30 and they informed us that we could not take BP on the field,” McClendon said. “We had early work scheduled. They said they were doing the best to get the field ready. I had no idea it was this bad.”

Update 6:39 p.m. — The A’s announced that the start of the game will be delayed due to inclement weather. They didn’t announce when that inclement weather occurred. It rained pregame for  while and it was pretty steady. But they had the tarp on the field. No, the issues stems from not tarping the field over night after last night’s late-ending game.  The area got a fair amount of rain after midnight. The field was saturated this morning. On field batting practice had to be canceled. Because it rain pregame, they weren’t able to get the field dry and then get it ready. Hence the delay.

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