ST. PETERSBURG, Florida. — While lifelong memories are made at Minor League Baseball stadiums on a daily basis, 10 Minor League Baseball teams will play games scheduled in conjunction with Monday’s solar eclipse, creating a unique experience for fans, including what will be the first eclipse delay in professional baseball history.
The 10 teams playing home games that may be impacted in some manner by the eclipse are the Bowling Green Hot Rods, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Columbia Fireflies, Greensboro Grasshoppers, Greenville Drive, Lansing Lugnuts, Memphis Redbirds, Peoria Chiefs, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The Idaho Falls Chukars are on the “path of totality”, but do not play at home on Monday.
The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes will begin their game at 9:35 a.m. EST on Monday, stopping the game after the first inning to allow fans to experience the first solar eclipse delay in baseball history. The Salem area is the first city in the United States that will go completely dark on the path of totality.
“The total solar eclipse on Monday is a very unique event and while we want our fans, players and coaches to enjoy this rare experience, we also want to remind everyone to take the proper precautions to protect their eyesight,” said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner. “Several of our clubs have gone to great lengths to make this a memorable occasion and a lasting memory for those in attendance, but we cannot stress safety enough.”
For information on solar eclipse viewing safety, visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
About Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada, and the Dominican Republic that are affiliated with Major League Baseball® clubs through their farm systems. Fans are coming out in unprecedented numbers to this one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found at Minor League Baseball ballparks. In 2016, Minor League Baseball attracted 41.3 million fans to its ballparks to see the future stars of the sport hone their skills. From the electricity in the stands to the excitement on the field, Minor League Baseball has provided affordable family-friendly entertainment to people of all ages since its founding in 1901. For more information, visit www.MiLB.com.
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