Even before making landfall, Hurricane Irma has decimated the Florida State League championship.
League President Ken Carson on Tuesday nixed the championship series due to the potential wallop from Irma, a Category Five hurricane bearing down on the Sunshine State.
“Safety is our first concern for our players and staff,” Carson said in a press release. “After consulting with the Major League Clubs of the participating teams, it was unanimously decided this was the proper thing to do.”
Best-of-three divisional playoffs in the minor league will take place today and in doubleheaders — if second games are necessary — on Wednesday.
The winners of the separate minor league series will be crowned co-champions.
The Tampa Yankees are taking on the Dunedin Blue Jays and the Palm Beach Cardinals are playing the Fort Myers Miracle (Twins).
The last time the league didn’t play a final series was in the hurricane-dominated 2004 season, in which the Daytona Cubs and Tampa emerged as co-champs.
— By Jim Turner.