The Cleveland Indians are not the only baseball team in the northeast Ohio area to be negatively affected by the cold and windy conditions that have hit the region. It has also altered the plans of two of their farm clubs – the Lake County Captains and the Akron RubberDucks.
Tuesday’s scheduled exhibition game between Lake County and Akron, set at Captains Park in Eastlake, has been cancelled due to the adverse conditions expected during the day, with a concern for player and fan safety in mind. The game will not be made up.
This is the second year in a row that an exhibition game between the two minor league affiliates of the Indians has been cancelled. They were scheduled to play a seven-inning game last April 7 at Canal Park, but heavy rains that morning forced a change in plans.
The Captains, who hosted their Media Day on Monday afternoon, were unable to take batting practice and complete a workout, but did get some work in in the batting cage.
“This isn’t ideal weather for baseball, obviously,” said new Captains skipper Tony Mansolino to the The News-Herald, “but it’s what you have to deal with sometimes in this part of the country.”
Despite the cancellation of the game on Tuesday, the Captains will still host their “meet the team” party beginning at 5:30 PM on the Suite Level for select ticket package holders. For more information about the Captains, go to CaptainsBaseball.com.
The RubberDucks will host their Media Day at Canal Park on Wednesday, with their final full-squad workout set to take place in the early afternoon before the club departs for their season opening series with the Bowie Baysox on Thursday, April 7. They will return home for their home opener next Thursday, April 14, when they host Bowie at 6:35 PM. For tickets and more on the RubberDucks, go to AkronRubberDucks.com.
The Captains will open their regular season the same night at 6:30 PM as they host the Fort Wayne TinCaps in a quick two-game series before hitting the road. Friday night will be the first fireworks night on the schedule for Lake County.