Cubs Lobbying MLB To Move Thursday's Makeup Back

The Cubs are also working to move the 1:20 p.m. start time Friday back.

Bernstein & McKnight Show
September 11, 2018 - 10:09 am
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(670 The Score) Not wanting to make a quick road trip that ends without playing a game, the Cubs are continuing their efforts to persuade MLB to move a scheduled makeup game against the Nationals in Washington D.C. on Thursday afternoon back to the end of the season as a forceful hurricane moves toward the East Coast.

The Cubs and Nationals are scheduled to play at Nationals Park at 3:05 p.m. CT Thursday to make up the contest that was rained out Sunday. It's the only shared off day the two teams have through the end of the regular season on Sept. 30. 

The trouble is rain is again in the forecast as Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas with category 4 force that has the potential to cause significant devastation and has led to 1 million people being told to evacuate the East Coast. 

The Cubs want the game to be moved to the end of the regular season, president of business operations Crane Kenney said on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on Tuesday morning. That would presumably mean playing it on Monday, Oct. 1, if needed.

The Cubs are amid a grueling 30-day stretch without a scheduled off day, which is another reason they'd like Thursday's contest to be moved back.

But at the moment, the Cubs aren't expecting Thursday's game to be moved. With that in mind, they're working with city officials to move the start of a game against the Reds at 1:20 p.m. Friday back to later in the afternoon or even evening so as to get more rest upon the return from Washington D.C.

City ordinance generally prohibits the Cubs from playing Friday or Saturday night games at Wrigley Field, though one exception was made in 2017 due to a special circumstance.

"We're assuming we're playing in Washington on Thursday and therefore it would help if we finish late in Washington on Thursday to play a little later here on Friday," Kenney said. "That's the most we can do at the moment and continue to monitor the storm and really just hope for the best for the folks on the East Coast."

The Cubs hope to have the plan for Friday resolved by the end of Tuesday, Kenney said, so as to give ticket holders and broadcast partners time to formulate a plan.

There were discussions with MLB about the Cubs and Nationals playing at a neutral site in a city with better weather Thursday, but that option appears to have passed for logistical reasons in the short time frame.

"The clock is kind of running out on that," Kenney said. "You have to start getting travel schedules realigned, and then you're looking for an empty neutral site and then you have to bring those staffs in and be ready to gear up for a game of which neither one is the home team."

The Cubs currently lead the Brewers by one game in the NL Central. The two teams play Tuesday and Wednesday at Wrigley Field after Milwaukee won the series opener 3-2 on Monday evening.