Inclement weather causes lots
of game cancellations at start of MLB season
keeps giving cities around Major League
Baseball the cold shoulder. With temperatures in the
mid 20’s and snowfall approaching 12 inches, games in
Detroit and Cleveland have been postponed.
has already had a home game cancelled because
of snow and Cleveland will be playing it's home games
in Milwaukee for the next three days because of the
conditions throughout Ohio.
the first time weather has forced a series to be
moved since the Florida Marlins played the Montreal
Expos on Sept.13-14, 2004, in Chicago’s U.S. Cellular
Field because of Hurricane Ivan.
with the players is the thought of playing
make-up games during their previously arranged days
off. “It could be a big problem down the road,” said
Indians’ Travis Hafner. “Once the season gets going,
you don’t want to not get your days off – on top of
playing double headers. So it could be a pain.”
concern of the players is the stoppage of
games and continual days off so early in the season.
The Cleveland Indians have played the fewest games
since opening day totaling only 3. Grady Sizemore,
the starting centerfielder, is hitting .429 with 3
home runs. He is the only player in team history to
hit a home run in the first 3 games of the season.
Scouts and reporters think that with this continual
time off due to the weather, some players might fall
out of rhythm.
Baseball may want to think about altering
the way it schedules games for next season. Not only
were Cleveland and Detroit affected by the games being
postponed, but also the teams that were traveling to
play in those cities.
also affect other cities in the future such
as Chicago, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh. Major League
Baseball needs to take that into consideration and
think about moving those games to the South.
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