SEATTLE -- The baseball season won't come early this year, M's fans.
Mariners FanFest, an annual rite of January that allows fans to meet players and checkout Safeco Field, will not be held in 2018. It will return in 2019.
The reason, the team said, is the replacement of the playing surface. That project was complete in November, but the Mariners say the grass will not be mature enough to allow fans on the field.
“FanFest is predicated on our fans, especially our young fans, being able to take the field, run the bases, hit a home run and play catch in the outfield,” said Kevin Mather, president and CEO of the Mariners. “While disappointing, we felt a one-year break in FanFest was a better option than having an event that didn’t provide the full experience our fans deserve.”
The Mariners will still bring manager Scott Servais and several players to the Northwest in January for a variety of appearances and events, the team said.
The annual Mariners Caravan (featuring players, broadcasters and staff) will visit 19 cities in Washington, Oregon and Vancouver, BC, over a three week stretch from Jan. 8 to Jan. 26.