Yankees dig in heels: No further schedule shifts after eclipse delay

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Amanda Paula
Sunday April 7, 2024

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As stated by the NY Daily News, the New York Yankees do not intend to ask Major League Baseball for any additional schedule changes after Monday’s game was delayed due to the eclipse. If you’re unaware, that decision was made last week to allow everyone the chance to see the eclipse set to happen in New York City.

Yankees to stick with rescheduled game time after eclipse delay

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Originally scheduled for 2:05 p.m. on Monday, the Yankees versus Marlins game had to be rescheduled to 6:05 p.m. due to the imminent total solar eclipse. The decision, announced by the Yankees on Thursday following discussions with Major League Baseball, was driven by concerns for fan safety, as viewing an eclipse without proper eye protection can lead to serious harm.

While the Yankees did not intend to distribute special eclipse-viewing glasses, they anticipated the celestial event by planning to give eclipse-themed t-shirts to the first 15,000 fans attending the game. The adjustment raised speculation among players like Luke Weaver, who suggested the league’s concern over potential lawsuits prompted the schedule change.

The eclipse’s timing would have coincided with the original game start, prompting the delay to ensure fan safety. According to CNN, the solar eclipse was forecasted to occur between 2:11 p.m. and 4:36 p.m. in New York City, with peak coverage expected around 3:25 p.m. Despite the delay, fans are advised to exercise caution outdoors, as Yankee Stadium’s gates will open at 3 p.m. The team also took proactive steps by sharing a safety awareness video on the stadium’s jumbotron over the weekend.

While the eclipse may still overlap with players’ pregame routines, Yankees manager Aaron Boone stated that no revisions had been made as of Sunday. However, he acknowledged the possibility of adjustments if necessary, expressing his prior experience with eclipse-related challenges during the 2017 Little League World Series.

Despite the schedule change, many players, including Jahmai Jones and Aaron Judge, indicated a lack of information regarding potential alterations to their routines. While Weaver pondered the possibility of the team providing eclipse glasses, no such arrangements had been made.

Boone emphasized the prudence of delaying the game, recalling his experience with eclipse-related logistics during his time as an ESPN announcer. He viewed the decision as a sensible precaution given the unique challenges posed by celestial events.

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