The professional baseball match between Doosan Bears and Kiwoom Heroes was canceled due to the yellow dust from China.
Doosan and Kiwoom were scheduled to play the second game of the season between the teams of the ‘2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League’ at Jamsil Baseball Stadium at 6:30 pm today. However, it was canceled about an hour before the game in the aftermath of fine dust caused by yellow dust.
According to Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) regulations, a game can be canceled if the concentration of fine dust exceeds 300㎍/㎥ for more than 2 hours. As of 5:20 pm, when the game was decided to be canceled, the concentration of fine dust in Songpa-gu, Seoul, where Jamsil Baseball Stadium is located, was 323 μg/m3, which was ‘very bad’.
KBO Game Supervisor Park Jong-hoon, who visited the scene today, came out to the ground and asked both teams to agree and declared the game cancelled. Supervisor Park said, “I kept checking the fine dust forecast, but it was judged that it would be difficult to proceed with the game in this condition.”
On this day, the Futures (2nd Division) League LG Twins-kt wiz match, Doosan-SSG Landers (Ganghwa) match, and Hanwha Eagles-Goyang Heroes (Goyang) match held at Iksan Stadium were not held due to fine dust. 안전놀이터
It has been two years since a professional baseball game was canceled due to fine dust. On May 8, 2021, 4 games, including Hanwha-LG Twins (Jamsil), Kiwoom-SSG Landers (Incheon), NC-kt (Suwon), and Doosan-KIA (Gwangju), were canceled due to fine dust. The first game canceled due to fine dust was on April 6, 2018, NC-Doosan (Jamsil), Hanwha-kt (Daejeon), Samsung-SK (Incheon), and today is the 17th.
Doosan and Kiwoom did not conduct outdoor batting training ahead of today’s game due to the high concentration of fine dust. All players wore masks during warm-up and defensive drills. Doosan coach Lee Seung-yeop said, “I reduced outdoor training because of the fine dust.” “The indoor air may not be very good, but I had to do that for the health of the players,” but the game was eventually canceled due to fine dust.