Itâ€™s been a tough start to the baseball season for many after coming north out of spring training. Baseball cities have had temperatures settling in the 40s and 50s at game time, with cold winds, making it tough on players and fans alike. Rain has been rampant throughout the country and high winds have brought tornadoes (St. Louis was hit hard last night with the Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds game delayed for over two hours).
A familiar site of baseball stadiums across the country
The saying â€œApril showersâ€ has been true in 2011 as rain has wreaked havoc on the early baseball season. Most teams have been postponed at least once and the last week has seen many teams playing doubleheaders. You know how there is a rain dance? Is there a sun and warm weather dance that we can all participate in?
Last Saturday (4/16) was a big day for postponements. The entire Eastern League was rained out with doubleheaders scheduled for Sunday. Two games in the Carolina League were rained out with then doubleheaders on Sunday. The Scranton Yankees were rained out on Saturday, but couldnâ€™t play a doubleheader on Sunday due to a doubleheader scheduled for Monday. They also will play a doubleheader today (4/23) after being rained out last night.
On Friday 4/15, all but two games in the Midwest League were rained out, so most teams played doubleheaders on Saturday (two of those were rained out too). The Midwest League ended up with five doubleheaders on Sunday.
The KC Royals minor league affiliates have all played doubleheaders this week. The Wilmington Blue Rocks played a doubleheader on Sunday and play another tonight. The Kane County Cougars have had three doubleheaders since last Saturday. Both the Omaha Storm Chasers and NW Arkansas Naturals have had a doubleheader over the last week or so.
The Buffalo Bisons may be the minor league kings of doubleheaders this week. Their game up in Pawtucket was suspended on Saturday 4/16, so they finished that game up on Sunday (along with their regularly scheduled game). Their opening series at home against the Rochester Red Wings was postponed on Monday, so they played a doubleheader on Tuesday. The two teams again were postponed on Wednesday and played a doubleheader on Thursday.
The Bisons Major League affiliate NY Mets have complained about the amount of doubleheaders they have had to play in a short amount of time. They played doubleheaders on both 4/14 (against the Colorado Rockies) and 4/16 (down in Atlanta), thus putting a strain on their already paltry pitching staff.
MLB has seen many teams play through the rain, but the heavy downpours have forced postponements in the nicest of parks. The NY Yankees and Baltimore Orioles have seen their series openers against each other rained out twice (with no date yet for makeups). The Yankees have already had three rain outs.
The Washington Nationals have also had three rain outs already. The Nats were rained out on 4/16 and played a doubleheader on 4/17 against the Milwaukee Brewers. On 4/19, they were rained out in St. Louis and played a doubleheader on 4/20 against the Cardinals. The Nats were rained out again last night and will make up the game at Pittsburgh on the two teamsâ€™ mutual day off on Monday (4/25).
I know I am tired of wearing tons of layers, my winter coat, gloves, scarf, and hat at games, while still freezing by the middle of the game. What makes me colder is those around me that wore shorts, tee shirts, and flip-flops to a game with a starting temperature of around 50 degrees and winds gusting over 20 mph. I know that the players are just as cold as I am and are tired of playing doubleheaders regularly. The saying â€œApril showers bring May flowersâ€ better come true this year.
I WANT spring already with the sun shining and temps in the 70s or 80s!