Irma wipes out minor league baseball championship

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.