Giants, A’s to play through haze of West Coast fires

The Giants and A’s are playing, for now, in what may appear to the naked eye to be unhealthy conditions Wednesday night. 

Wildfires along the West Coast, from Oregon to California, turned the sky orange over San Francisco and Oakland, sites of Oracle Park and the Alameda County Coliseum, respectively. A nighttime feel smothered the Bay Area during daytime hours.

Suffice it to say, these are not images of ballparks at sunset, but rather at sun blockage.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters (per NBC Sports Bay Area) about three hours before the scheduled first pitch that the air quality at Oracle Park was fine. A’s manager Bob Melvin told Shayna Rubin of the (San Jose) Mercury News and other reporters that he believed the air quality at the Coliseum before Wednesday’s game was worse for games during the team’s previous homestand.

Rubin reported the air quality index (AQI) around the Coliseum as of 3 p.m. PT Wednesday was 129 but that the A’s played games with AQIs above 160 in August.

This was the scene in Oakland about 20 minutes before first pitch.

MLB has not commented on the situation.

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