Ice chunk from nearby tower punctures dome, postpones game
TORONTO (AP) — Even moving indoors couldn’t get the Blue Jays back on the field.
Toronto postponed Monday’s series opener against Kansas City after chunks of ice crashed down from the nearby CN Tower following a weekend of freezing rain, including one that punctured a hole in the Rogers Centre roof.
Andrew Miller, the Blue Jays’ executive vice president of business operations, was standing in the infield with two colleagues around 10 a.m. Monday, examining existing damage, when a falling piece of ice tore a hole about 3 feet by 5 feet in the PVC roof over right field, sending ice and pieces of insulation crashing onto the turf.
“We saw it happen,” Miller said. “It was pretty frightening. It was really loud. It sounded like fireworks or some kind of explosion going off.”
It’s the first postponement at Rogers Centre since a game against the Royals was called off following a collision between two panels of the stadium’s moving roof on April 12, 2001. The teams will play a doubleheader on today.
“If you come to a dome and get banged, something ain’t right,” Royals manager Ned Yost said about an hour before the game was called.
Monday’s starters, Kansas City left-hander
Eric Skoglund and Blue Jays lefty Jaime Garcia, will start Game 1 today. Game 2 will also feature a pair of lefties, with Kansas City’s Danny Duffy going against Toronto’s J.A. Happ.
Weather also wiped out Toronto’s game at Cleveland on Sunday, one of six games around the majors to be postponed. It was the second straight weather-related postponement for the Indians and Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays completed a two-year, $10 million mechanical upgrade of the retractable roof before the 2017 season, and this year are looking at replacing the roof cover, which dates from the stadium opening in 1989. The stadium’s artificial turf surface, one of two such fields in the majors, does not have drainage.
Toronto Blue Jays coach Tim Leiper looks up from tarps protecting the field at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Monday. An ice chunk from a nearby tower made a hole in the roof, bringing water on the field.