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My sense is that they've gotten very lax in not starting. I've seen games played in steady rain. It just seems they used to stop play sooner, not start in rain, etc.
They have to live with the dumb rules as they are written and interpreted for this game, but in the future the rules should be changed so this appearance of favoratism never happens.
Seriously though, they should start the next day and pick up exactly where they left off - 6th inning, bases loaded. A team isn't going to complain about a rain shortened loss if you're down 12-0. The may even welcome it, saving the bullpen. This game was not over by any stretch.
I thought a game could only be called and considered finished after the completion of an inning, unless the home team was ahead?
Considering the Tigers haven't hit with runners on base all freakin' year, yeah, it was over. (Hell, it was over the minute the Red Sox scored their second run.)
What favoritism? The umpires are the ones making the call once the game starts. Unless you think the umps are in the back pocket of the Red Sox that's a tough sell (particularly given that the Sox ##### and moan as much as any team in the league).
Perhaps at a minimum they should have a mercy rule type system, where if a team is down by (say) 7 runs or more after the 5 innings, go ahead and kill the game.
If the Tigers had tied/taken the lead last night the game would have to be completed. That rule was changed about 4-5 years ago. Before that if the road team tied/took the lead in the top of the inning but the game was called before the home team batted those runs were wiped out and the score reverted to the end of the last completed inning.
The umpires always try to give the losing team a chance to tie the game before they stop. This lead to the situation in the World Series in 2008 where they kept playing in a downpour until the Rays tied it, so the World Series wouldn't end with a rainout. They changed the rule so that all postseason games can only be suspended, not ended by rain. A fair rule.
IMO, they should change the regular season suspended game rule to be that if a team has the tying run on base or at the plate, the game is suspended, not over
That game wasn't going to end with a rainout though because Selig had the authority to declare it suspended instead of completed (he even said so himself afterwards that he wouldn't have allowed the game to end with a rainout if the Rays didn't score).
But once the decision was made to play, the game should not have been halted at that juncture unless the umpires had a reasonable certainty the game would be resumed.
Wouldn't it be pretty unprecedented to not start the game? I can only remember one time when the home team (the Yanks) didn't start a game because of expected rain, and that was a pretty big controversy.
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