For those of us who live in a part of the country that should have warmed up days ago, news that the number of major league baseball games canceled so far in April has set a new record isn’t surprising at all to me.
26 games, scheduled in northern cities so far this month, have been canceled because of cold temperatures, rain, or snow, to be made up later in the season.
This breaks the previous record for the month of April that was set back in 2007.
I love baseball more than any other sport, but it’s hard to get enthused about listening to a baseball game when you’re still emptying the fuel out of your snow blower and it’s too cold to put the patio furniture out.
The 162 game season, with all of the mandatory days off required in MLB’s contract with it’s players, means we’ll be shivering once again before the World Series is over.
What’s more it’s tough to plan a road trip to Cleveland in April, for example, when you don’t know whether to plan on wearing a light jacket or snow shoes.
For the vast majority of teams, the Indians included, I don’t think compacting the season and reducing the overall number of games would hurt the bottom line at all.
Stadiums will be half empty for April games that do take place in cold weather cities regardless.
That’s the way I see it.