The Chicago White Sox and the rest of the Major League Baseball team have one thing in common that no other division in baseball has. It is the only division that does not have a team that is able to play its home matches under a dome and that is a problem.
Baseball’s need to start its season in late March or early April only calls for games to be postponed due to bad weather. Only teams that live in warm conditions year-round or those who can play in retractable domes can play as scheduled.
However, teams like the White Sox and others in cities where the weather is unfavorable in the spring face the possibility of games being postponed due to rain or snow. It creates a scheduling problem as teams then face off to make up games on days off or as part of the day and night double heads.
When Clayton Kershaw played a perfect late game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Minnesota a few weeks ago, he didn’t have a chance to finish the deal in part because of the cold temperatures he was playing with. I don’t want to risk injuring one of his co-stars because he didn’t have spring training to really expand himself.
80 pitches were originally assigned to Kershaw but another number was something the coaching staff kept watching. The game time temperature was 38 degrees, which is not the ideal conditions for a bowler or any other player for that matter.
Roberts had to think long term in this situation and didn’t want to see Kershaw pull a muscle and do something under those circumstances that could cost him the rest of the season. Kershaw was great but performing like this at that time of year isn’t something that happens often.
The Chicago White Sox would like to start the season with warm weather.
The opener of the two-game series between the White Sox and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley was more suited to a duck hunting season than a baseball game. The side rain and cold temperatures didn’t stop the teams from having the game that the White Sox won.
Midfielder Louis Robert did not play in that match, and for good reason. The conditions were not ripe for the return of a player from a groin strain like Robert. After losing a large part of last year to a hip injury, the team wasn’t about to risk putting one of its stars in harm’s way so early in the season in less than ideal conditions.
Six matches were postponed due to the weather last Friday, which is the most matches lost in a single day since 2018. It’s bad enough that the start of the season was postponed due to the 99-day lockdown, but the weather has led to matches coming out at an alarming pace. at risk. Definitely not helping baseball either.
Rain will always be an important factor no matter what time of year it is. But cold temperatures and snow are things that baseball can find a way to solve. Proposals have been made from starting the season later to allow for better weather to having open seasons for teams in warm weather areas or stadiums with retractable roofs, but to no avail.
Instead, baseball will move to a balanced schedule next season thanks to a new collective bargaining agreement. The result will be more interstitial games and fewer departmental games.
Teams will play 56 matches against divisional opponents and 60 matches against the rest of the league. The other 46 matches will come in the form of four matches against the team’s intra-geographical rival and one series of three matches against each of the 14 teams from the opposing league.
This situation will not help as the chances of postponements due to the weather will increase because Chicago and New York teams, as well as teams like Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Minnesota, Colorado, Detroit, and others, do not play in the domes.
This could result in a number of teams finding themselves in a scenario where you play 20 matches in 21 days at some point. Baseball must find a way to address this problem in the future. Bad weather will not only put players at risk of injury, but may create scheduling nightmares in the future.