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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Yankees-Orioles postponed after rain, grounds-crew fumble

The game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles scheduled for Monday was postponed after a rain delay, with an apparent botched removal of the tarp by the grounds crew leaving Yankee Stadium with unplayable field conditions.

The game will be made up as the first game of a single-game admission doubleheader Wednesday. The opener will begin at 3:05 p.m. ET. Game 2 will begin no earlier than 6:35 p.m.

The Monday game was originally slated to start at 6:35 p.m., but because of rain, the Yankees bumped the start back to 7:45 p.m. The grounds crew began removing the tarp a few minutes before the new start time, but the water on the tarp wound up getting dumped in left field.

In other words, it isn’t just the Yankees’ medical staff who are incompetent….


QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:49 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: rain, tarp, yankee stadium

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   1. villageidiom Posted: May 14, 2019 at 09:11 AM (#5841799)
In other words, it isn’t just the Yankees’ medical staff who are incompetent….
I mean, when they remove the tarp where is the water supposed to go? In Fenway they have extra drainage in RF for this specific purpose, and although it can still get more swampy there than LF or CF it is generally playable soon after the tarp is removed. With YS having more space in LF than RF I'd have assumed that's where they would have been set up for tarp drainage.

If they dumped the water where it was meant to go, and it didn't drain, I don't see how that's grounds-crew incompetence. With the amount of rain the northeast has had in the past month it doesn't surprise me a drainage system was slower than normal last night.
   2. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 14, 2019 at 09:19 AM (#5841802)
I mean, when they remove the tarp where is the water supposed to go?

   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 14, 2019 at 09:22 AM (#5841803)
Given the insane amount of rain we had Sunday and Monday, it would have shocked me if they got this game in.

It was also about 45 degrees yesterday, so I don't know why anyone would have wanted to sit through it anyway.
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 14, 2019 at 09:37 AM (#5841806)
One of the biggest unnoticed changes in baseball over the years has been the decrease in postponements. In 1935, the St. Louis Browns had 28 games out of 154 postponed by either rain, cold, or wet grounds. Originally they'd been scheduled for 3 doubleheaders, and they wound up playing 35, including one time when they were forced to play 4 doubleheaders in 5 days.
   5. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: May 14, 2019 at 01:12 PM (#5841897)
Reminds me of this:
   6. catomi01 Posted: May 14, 2019 at 01:45 PM (#5841918)
Reminds me of this:

As a former professional tarp pulller....that was a pathetic effort...I hope it was early season and they just hadn't done it very often before.
   7. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:27 PM (#5841945)
Primey for #2.
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:59 PM (#5841963)
From what I saw on TV, right & center fields didn’t look very good, either, so I don’t think water off the tarp was the entire problem. Rain seemed to have saturated the entire outfield before the tarp came off. Has anyone actually confirmed that there was a problem with the drainage system rather than just too much rain?
   9. shoelesjoe Posted: May 14, 2019 at 04:41 PM (#5841982)
Watching the every half hour updates on MASN the explanation they provided was that the tarp should have been dumped in the OF near the left field line, which is where the primary drains are. But there was apparently so much water on the tarp that when the grounds crew went to move it they wound up accidentally dumping most of it between center field and left center, nowhere near where they intended. This left about a quarter of the OF covered in half an inch of water which wasn’t going to drain any time soon. Another consideration was that there was supposed to be another rain squall coming through the area in the next 60 to 90 minutes, so the powers that be decided to postpone till Wednesday.

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