fans make their way towards Oriole Park at Camden Yards as
Baltimore police stand watch, Monday, April 27, 2015, in
Baltimore. The baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles
and the Chicago White Sox is postponed.
BALTIMORE — The
Baltimore Orioles' home game against the Chicago White Sox was
postponed Monday night because of safety concerns after riots
broke out near Camden Yards following the funeral of Freddie Gray.
Commissioner Rob Manfred, at the stadium for a previously planned
visit, said Tuesday night's game between the Orioles and White Sox
could be moved — possibly to Nationals Park in Washington — if
safety continued to be an issue.
stores and threw rocks and bricks at Baltimore police about three
miles from the stadium in the wake of the mysterious death of
Gray. He died April 19 after suffering a severe spinal injury in
scoreboard announces that the baseball game between the
Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox is postponed, at
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Monday, April 27, 2015, in
announced the postponement about 40 minutes before gametime. About
1,000 fans were inside the stadium at the time, and many gates
already had been closed.
The team said the
game was called off after consultation with police. The White Sox
were in Baltimore for the start of a three-game series.
like we made the decision that would provide us the greatest
possible security in terms of protecting the fans, the players,
the umpires, everybody involved in the game," Manfred said.
"I don't know what more I can say about it at this
Prior to the
game, Orioles players gathered around a television in the
clubhouse and watched the violence unfold. Police blocked off
several streets near Camden Yards.
police officers stand guard outside of Oriole Park at Camden
Yards, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. The baseball
game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox
has been postponed.
many things that go on that you get challenged with, obviously
this is a different level," Orioles manager Buck Showalter
said. "There's not a lot of experience with it."
"So you try
to take each moment as it comes and I know there were a lot of
calls to some guys' families about making sure they knew what was
going on from a safety standpoint. But guys are watching it. They
are all aware of what's going on," he said.
White Sox manager
Robin Ventura said his team was aware of the escalating situation.
we're definitely keeping tabs on it. If there's anything to do, to
go ahead and respond to it. But you know, it's concerning to
anybody, I think, any time it becomes a violent protest, everybody
is on high alert and you're trying to do what's best for the game
and the players," he said.
There was no
immediate word on a makeup date for Monday's game.
Baseball has postponed and shifted games in the past because of
In 1992, the
Dodgers had four games postponed in Los Angeles following the
Rodney King verdict.
In 1967, the
Orioles and Tigers had a game postponed because of riots in
Detroit. The next two games were shifted to Baltimore.