PENNANT RACES ON HOLD COMMISSIONER POSTPONES GAMES AMID `DEEP MOURNING'.Within hours of the terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Major League Baseball "MLB" and "Major Leagues" redirect here. For other uses, see MLB (disambiguation) and Major Leagues (disambiguation).
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in North American professional baseball. closed its offices and canceled Tuesday's 15-game schedule.
In making the announcement, baseball commissioner Bud Selig Allan Huber "Bud" Selig, Jr. (born July 30, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is the Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was previously the team owner and administrator of the Milwaukee Brewers. gave no indication when games would resume and if postponed games would be played at a later date.
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See also: Deep Mourning for the national tragedy that has occurred (Tuesday), all Major League Baseball games for (Tuesday) have been canceled,'' Selig said in a statement. ``I will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and make ongoing decisions accordingly.
``My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the families and victims of this horrendous series of events.''
Two days of owners meetings in Milwaukee, which were to begin Tuesday, were canceled. Dodgers chairman Bob Daly was scheduled to fly to Milwaukee on Tuesday morning, but he did not make the trip.
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Also, all minor-league playoff games were canceled, including those of the Dodgers' Double-A affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla.
``Baseball games are the furthest thing from our minds right now,'' Dodgers senior vice president Derrick Hall said. ``Our thoughts are on the devastation associated with this tragedy. We will keep our fans, employees and players posted, but we have no information beyond today.''
It's the first time baseball has postponed games for a disaster since an earthquake rocked the San Francisco-Oakland area hours before Game 3 of the 1989 World Series. The World Series between the Giants and Athletics was delayed for 10 days.
Before that, the last time a complete schedule of baseball was canceled for nonlabor-related issues was April 14, 1945, two days after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Games were also canceled when Allied forces invaded France in World War II, June 6, 1944. Two games were canceled that day, including the Brooklyn Dodgers at Philadelphia.
Baseball canceled games when President Warren G. Harding
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Appropriate; suitable; proper.
Adj. 1. a social institution.
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conspirator and assassin of Julius Caesar. [Br. and it took me a long time to get over that. I didn't think that was possible. The (San Francisco) earthquake in '89, the World Series, that was a tragedy. But this is incomprehensible. The greatest country in the history in the world being attacked. So all of this doesn't mean very much today.''
Selig gave no time frame for games to resume. The NFL NFL
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NFL (US) n abbr (= National Football League) → Fußball-Nationalliga will make an announcement today whether it will play Sunday. If those games are canceled, it could make it difficult for baseball to resume games before Monday.
The Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), component of the U.S. Department of Transportation that sets standards for the air-worthiness of all civilian aircraft, inspects and licenses them, and regulates civilian and military air traffic through its air traffic control has grounded all flights until 9 a.m. today. Teams use charter flights, but with 18 teams scheduled to be off Monday, several players, as is typical, were in cities other than where their teams were scheduled to play.
Dodgers closer Jeff Shaw, who traveled to his offseason home in Washington Courthouse, Ohio, after Sunday's Dodgers game in St. Louis, remained home. He said he was in the Columbus, Ohio, airport Tuesday waiting to board a 10:30 a.m. flight to San Diego when his wife, Julie, called with the devastating dev·as·tate
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1. To lay waste; destroy.
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The Dodgers were scheduled to bus to San Diego on Tuesday morning, but they did not make the trip. Only three Dodgers - Al Reyes, Eric Gagne and Jeff Branson - were in San Diego. The club will wait until Selig makes his decision on when games will resume before traveling. They are scheduled to open a three-game series Friday in San Francisco.
But before games are resumed, teams are likely to revamp their security measures. Mark Guglielmo, director of stadium operations for the San Diego Padres, said he already spoke with San Diego Police Department The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) is the primary law enforcement agency for the city of San Diego, California. Established on May 16, 1889, the first chief of police was Joseph Coyne. The current police chief is William Lansdowne. officials about taking increased security measures when play resumes.
Guglielmo said, typically, there are no police officers inside Qualcomm Stadium. Instead, the Padres use 100 to 150 security guards, depending on attendance, at each game. He added there were five or six uniformed police officers patrolling the parking lot on game days.
``I know we can increase the security force without a problem and we could do it quickly. And that's also uniformed officers,'' Guglielmo said. ``It depends what you want to do. Do we want to pat people down? Do we want to do what? Do we want to conduct complete searches?''
The Dodgers aren't scheduled to play at Dodger Stadium until Monday, but Hall said discussions will take place regarding security issues.
``It's something that we will discuss as games get closer to being played at Dodger Stadium,'' Hall said. ``It's not something that's been addressed.''
(1 -- color) Oriole Park at Camden Yards
• • [ in Baltimore sits empty Tuesday after the Orioles-Blue Jays game was postponed.
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(2) Tuesday's terrorist attacks forced the postponement of the Astros-Giants game at Enron Field in Houston.
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