The Washington Nationals postponed Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves following shootings at the nearby Navy Yard.
The game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader today.
“It’s a very emotional day. An extremely horrific act happened very near to the ballpark,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims over there and all the people affected by this. We felt it was inappropriate to play a Major League Baseball game with such tragedy right down the street.”
Located just blocks from the Navy Yard, one of the stadium’s parking lots was used for families of the Navy Yard employees to meet following the evacuation of the facility.
“Major League Baseball mourns those who have been lost to this senseless tragedy,” Commissioner Bud Selig said. “Major League Baseball’s security department will continue to track this matter in consultation with the Nationals and under the guidance of the local authorities.”
The postponement was announced shortly after 3 p.m., about four hours before scheduled start.
Helton announces retirement
The usually stoic Todd Helton became a little emotional at his official retirement ceremony before the game Monday night against St. Louis.
His days of grabbing his glove and sauntering out to first base for the Colorado Rockies are quickly dwindling after deciding to call it a career following this season.
Helton has more homers than Hank Greenberg, more RBI than Johnny Mize and a higher career batting average than Eddie Murray.
All those first basemen are in the Hall of Fame.
Helton will find out in five years if he’s done enough over his 17-year career to merit consideration.
The 40-year-old Helton remains on the bubble for the Hall of Fame, mainly because he spent his career playing half his games in the friendly confines of Coors Field.
Peralta off to try outfield
Jhonny Peralta is moving closer to rejoining the Detroit Tigers, though manager Jim Leyland isn’t making any public promises.
Leyland said Monday that Peralta will leave for the instructional league Wednesday. He is eligible to return Sept. 27 from his 50-game suspension that resulted from baseball’s investigation into Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Peralta was Detroit’s starting shortstop, but the Tigers acquired Jose Iglesias from Boston just before Peralta was suspended. General manager Dave Dombrowski already has said if Peralta returns, it won’t be as the everyday shortstop.
Angels recall right-hander
The Los Angeles Angels have recalled right-hander Tommy Hanson from Triple-A Salt Lake and added four others to the roster.
The Angels also recalled infielder Tommy Field and selected first baseman Efren Navarro from Salt Lake.