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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lawmaker calls on MLB to change rain delay rules

Brooklyn councilman Justin Brannan wrote to Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, lobbying for a new policy that would make baseball rain delays more fair to fans.

Brannan proposed that “all MLB games should start within an hour of the scheduled start time and no games should be postponed for more than one hour. Otherwise, umpires should call the game and prevent loyal fans from lingering endlessly,” according to Tuesday’s letter provided by the councilman’s office to USA TODAY Sports.

New York has been hit hard by rain in recent days, with the Mets being postponed on Sunday and the Yankees rained out both Monday and Tuesday.

Brannan also suggested a change in policy that would entitle fans to a “rain check” for a future game once a delay lasts a certain amount of time.

And, while we’re at it requesting things we aren’t going to get, I have some thoughts concerning the job market in my profession….

QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 03:33 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: legislation, rain delays

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   1. Man o' Schwar Posted: May 16, 2019 at 01:13 PM (#5842813)
Craziness. I like rain delays at the park. Everyone leaves, you just hang out in the stands, eating hot dogs and chatting.

I never get a chance to linger endlessly in my regular life. Let me do it at the park, surrounded by other fans.
   2. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: May 16, 2019 at 01:47 PM (#5842827)
Everyone leaves, you just hang out in the stands, eating hot dogs and chatting.



You can hang out in any public park, eating hot dogs and talking to yourself.
   3. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 16, 2019 at 01:59 PM (#5842831)


You can hang out in any public park, eating hot dogs and talking to yourself.


Come to Central Park on August 10, then you can talk to other people too. And play some softball.
   4. Hank Gillette Posted: May 16, 2019 at 06:21 PM (#5842906)
The only time I went to a game at Camden Yards, they did the rain delay thing for about three hours, and then cancelled the game.

I was not charmed.
   5. Zonk Totally Exonerated by Total BS Posted: May 16, 2019 at 07:02 PM (#5842911)
I'm sure there are financial reasons that MLB doesn't want to cancel games and then reschedule...

But I don't think this is a terrible proposal; maybe even a good one. Cut the schedule back to 154 with more off days to compensate and allow for makeups...
   6. Zach Posted: May 16, 2019 at 07:54 PM (#5842916)
This is a good (NON OTP! Please don't make this a politics thread!) place to mention something I've noticed about headlines.

"Lawmaker" always refers to some level of political office you've never heard of, where you couldn't name your own representative.

It's a weasel word. It seems to suggest that somebody important has done something consequential, when in fact it means the exact opposite. You could just as easily substitute "random crank."
   7. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: May 16, 2019 at 08:58 PM (#5842932)
I’m not sure this is the right solution but I think there needs to be better communication. I don’t know how to do it better but it’s frustrating when all the team can say is “we are planning to play tonight.” I don’t know how to do it better though.
   8. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: May 16, 2019 at 09:04 PM (#5842933)
One of the ways it cuts is that if you take the Yankees-specific train to the ballpark, it does not take you home until the game officially ends. So even if your team is down by 15, if there's a two-hour delay in the seventh, you sit there and wait.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: May 17, 2019 at 02:22 AM (#5842982)
Can we change the rules to take the Cubs-Reds today back to the 4th inning?
   10. Walt Davis Posted: May 17, 2019 at 02:30 AM (#5842983)
"Lawmaker" always refers to some level of political office you've never heard of, where you couldn't name your own representative.

C'mon, it's the US, most can't name their US Rep. :-)

But I agree. I assume the other side does this too and I don't see those click-baity posts cuz facebook and google know everything about me but my side is depressingly happy to post "Republican Party Official says ..." something totally outrageous. Then it turns out this "Republican Party Official" is the vice-chairman of the X County (Texas) Republican Party ... no doubt selected as the vice-chairman because of the 8 people who bothered to show up to the AGM of the X County Republican Party, he was the only one to raise his hand.
   11. Rally Posted: May 17, 2019 at 08:42 AM (#5842991)
Thinking of last Sunday's Angels - Orioles game. It's just not feasible to call the game off if a rain delay goes beyond an hour. Angels make only one trip to Baltimore per season, this was the last game. Opportunities to make it up on an off day are limited. It would be silly to fly the team out on a Monday after they finish a series in Seattle and start a new one in Oakland on Tuesday, for example. So you give them every opportunity to get the game in.

I could see a good policy for fans is that a one hour delay entitles them to a rain check ticket, even if the 1 PM game ends up starting at 3 PM and is completed. MLB can certainly afford to do something like that, and probably doesn't even lose much revenue, if any at all.

Say 25,000 people go to that game, 10,000 stick around to watch it, and all get rain checks. That's 25K free tickets spread out over the rest of the season. My guess is that most of them would otherwise not be buying other tickets. They've got a budget to spend money at X number of ballgames, they still spend that, but just get to see X+1 games. Maybe 5000 fans planned on buying future tickets but now get a free ticket. 20K would not be going to the game, but now show up for the free one. The revenue lost from the 5000 is probably more than made up from the overpriced hot dog, peanuts, and beers purchased by the 25K.
   12. Ithaca2323 Posted: May 17, 2019 at 10:37 AM (#5843041)
"Lawmaker" always refers to some level of political office you've never heard of, where you couldn't name your own representative.


Was it Deadspin who wrote the article during the anthem protests in the NFL where the headline was that an NFL Owner was furious, and that "owner" turned out to be a random Packers' shareholder?
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 17, 2019 at 02:27 PM (#5843161)
An occasional delay of more than a hour isn’t a big deal. Getting the game in as scheduled is the best option, but borderline weather conditions sometimes leave no good options. If the local lawmakers think their constituents shouldn’t have to endure the vagaries of weather, they can fund a climate-controlled domed stadium. “Problem” solved.
   14. bobm Posted: May 17, 2019 at 08:35 PM (#5843264)
If the local lawmakers think

then there's a first time for everything
   15. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 17, 2019 at 09:51 PM (#5843282)
"lawmaker' reminds me of an editor/professor of mine that would always threaten to fail us if our script/copy ever said "Officials say...' One day when it happened, I remember him exclaiming over the headset. "What did I say? What..who the #### are these Officials that say..huh...Huh?!'
   16. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: May 17, 2019 at 10:56 PM (#5843313)
I once wrote “needless to say” on a paper in high school. I got it back with a note “if it’s needless to say, don’t say it.” Made sense tome.
   17. Brian C Posted: May 18, 2019 at 01:01 PM (#5843382)
I once wrote “needless to say” on a paper in high school. I got it back with a note “if it’s needless to say, don’t say it.” Made sense tome.

I dunno, to me that's taking things too literally. "Needless to say" is just shorthand for a much more complicated sentiment, something like, "this ought to go without saying, but I need to connect the dots for those that aren't really good at following a concept to its logical conclusions or [especially if I'm talking about a controversial topic] those who would willfully misconstrue what I'm saying, and I'd also like to hattip more sophisticated audiences for whom what I'm saying is pretty obvious."

Long story short (needless to say?), I think it's a useful rhetorical device when used sparingly and thoughtfully.

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