Dome stadium canceled due to typhoon…first time in 16 years ‘for spectator safety’

Nippon Professional Baseball’s dome games canceled due to typhoon. 메이저사이트

The SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball have canceled their game against Rakuten at the PayPal Dome in Fukuoka, Japan, on September 9. As Typhoon No. 6 Kanun moved north, the team announced, “We will cancel the game in consideration of the impact on transportation and the safety of spectators.”

While the dome stadium will still be able to play, the team canceled the game to prevent spectators from being in harm’s way while traveling to and from the ballpark.

Typhoon Kanun is moving northward toward the Korean Peninsula from the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. On the 9th, the Kyushu region of Japan experienced winds of over 40 meters per second and 53 millimeters of rain in one hour. Japan could see record-breaking rainfall through the 11th.

This is the first time in 16 years that a game has been canceled due to a typhoon at SoftBank’s home stadium, the Peipei Dome (then known as the Yahoo Dome), since the Aug. 2, 2007 game against the Orix, Japanese media reported.

Meanwhile, SoftBank held team training at the PayPay Dome on the same day. Fujimoto commented on the promotion of foreign hitter Despine, who is making adjustments in the second team, to the first team. Despaigne homered in two consecutive games against the Orix in the Western League on Aug. 8 and 9.

Fujimoto said, “When Gondo, who is playing as a designated hitter due to a nagging right knee injury, returns to the field, we will be able to promote Despaigne. Right now, Gondo is playing as a designated hitter, so he’s only a pinch-hitter.”

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