"Unfortunately, there weren't enough dates left in the schedule to accommodate both clubs' requests."
The Mariners and Indians were supposed to play a four-game series at Jacobs Field starting on April 6. The series opener lasted 4 1/2 innings and three snow delays before being postponed one out before it would have been an official game. The Mariners trailed, 5-0, at the time and had no hits off Indians right-hander Paul Byrd.
Snow continued to fall steadily over the next three days, wiping out the entire series. Because it was Seattle's only trip to Cleveland during the regular season, finding suitable makeup dates became a challenge.
After much deliberation, it was decided that the makeup games would be played on May 21, June 11 and Aug. 30 in Cleveland and on Sept. 26 at Safeco Field as part of a doubleheader. The Indians will be the "home" team in one of those games.
The first two makeup dates remove two of the Mariners' travel days, which means that between May 1 and June 17, they will play 46 games over a 48-day period.
That includes the makeup game that the Mariners played against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday, which had been scheduled as an off-day. The Mariners also have one rainout against the Rangers to make up in Arlington.
That game is expected to be played as part of a doubleheader when the Mariners return to Texas in late July.
While the players frolicked in the snow during their four memorable days in Cleveland, happy faces were nonexistent on Friday.
"We felt there was a better plan out there than what it ended up," said Pelekoudas, who wasn't more specific. "We face a lot of travel violations and lose a lot of off-days, but we're going to have to live with it."
The collective bargaining agreement between the owners and players stipulates that teams traveling from a location in the Western time zone to a location in the Eastern time zone must have a travel day. In addition, players get a day off after playing 20 consecutive days.
With their May 21 off-day now gone, the Mariners are scheduled to play on 23 consecutive days between May 14 and June 7. They have a scheduled off-day on May 14.
The makeup dates leave Seattle with nine scheduled off-days the remainder of the season.
"We were hoping it would be fair, that's all," Pelekoudas said. "Forty-six games in 48 days ..."
Mariners manager Mike Hargrove wouldn't comment on the makeup dates, but said he would start giving his regulars more rest. As an example, he said that third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter Jose Vidro would not start Saturday's 12:55 p.m. PT game against the Yankees in New York.