Blue Jays game is postponed after huge chunk of ice punched a hole in the roof of the stadium

Blue Jays game is postponed after huge chunk of ice punched a hole in the roof of the stadium

  • Blue Jays versus Royals game in Toronto was cancelled on Monday night
  • Ice falling off the CN Tower smashed through the roof of the Rogers Centre
  • It was one of three games postponed Monday after six were cancelled Sunday
  • Terrible April weather this year has led to renewed calls to shorten MLB season
  • Now Mets legend Keith Hernandez demands action in extended Twitter rant 

Even the indoor games are getting scratched now, as Major League Baseball deals with some of the worst spring weather on record and calls to shorten the season.

The Toronto Blue Jays home game against the Kansas City Royals was cancelled on Monday night, after chunks of ice falling from the CN Tower punched a hole in the roof of the Rogers Center.

Snow and rain poured in through the hole, prompting groundskeepers to unfurl tarps to protect the field – a rarity in an indoor stadium.

‘We saw it happen,’ said Andrew Miller, the Blue Jays’ executive vice president of business operations. ‘It was pretty frightening. It was really loud. It sounded like fireworks or some kind of explosion going off.’

Falling ice from Canada's CN Tower damaged the roof of the Roger's Center on Monday, causing an indoor game between the Blue Jays and Royals to be cancelled due to weather

Falling ice from Canada's CN Tower damaged the roof of the Roger's Center on Monday, causing an indoor game between the Blue Jays and Royals to be cancelled due to weather

Falling ice from Canada’s CN Tower damaged the roof of the Roger’s Center on Monday, causing an indoor game between the Blue Jays and Royals to be cancelled due to weather

A hole in the roof of the Rogers Centre after falling ice from the CN Tower caused the postponement of tonight's MLB game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals

A hole in the roof of the Rogers Centre after falling ice from the CN Tower caused the postponement of tonight's MLB game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals

A hole in the roof of the Rogers Centre after falling ice from the CN Tower caused the postponement of tonight’s MLB game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals players practice in front of tarps protecting the Rogers's Centre field from water coming through the roof on Monday

Kansas City Royals players practice in front of tarps protecting the Rogers's Centre field from water coming through the roof on Monday

Kansas City Royals players practice in front of tarps protecting the Rogers’s Centre field from water coming through the roof on Monday

It’s the first postponement at Rogers Centre since a game against the Royals was called off following a collision between two panels of the stadium’s moving roof on April 12, 2001. The teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

‘If you come to a dome and get banged, something ain’t right,’ Royals manager Ned Yost said about an hour before the game was called.

The falling ice also smashed a car roof and office windows in the area, and created hazards for pedestrians. 

The postponement came hours after a the Blue Jays’ official Twitter feed boasted the Rogers Centre was immune to weather woes. 

The tweet, which included a winking emoji, read: ‘Weather update: Due to our stadium having a roof, today’s game will be … Played as expected.’ It has since been deleted.

It comes amid a seemingly endless series of weather woes for April baseball.

Weather also wiped out Toronto’s game at Cleveland on Sunday, one of six games around the majors to be postponed that day.  

Mets legend Keith Hernandez blames the extended season for all the weather cancellations

Mets legend Keith Hernandez blames the extended season for all the weather cancellations

Mets legend Keith Hernandez blames the extended season for all the weather cancellations

Toronto Blue Jays coach Tim Leiper looks up from tarps protecting the field at Rogers Centre from water coming through the roof in Toronto on Monday

Toronto Blue Jays coach Tim Leiper looks up from tarps protecting the field at Rogers Centre from water coming through the roof in Toronto on Monday

Toronto Blue Jays coach Tim Leiper looks up from tarps protecting the field at Rogers Centre from water coming through the roof in Toronto on Monday

The falling ice also smashed this car roof

The falling ice also smashed this car roof

The ice smashed the widows of this office building too

The ice smashed the widows of this office building too

The falling ice also smashed a car roof (left ) and office windows (right) in the area

It was the second straight weather-related postponement for the Indians and Blue Jays. Monday’s game postponement in Toronto was one of three games called off around the league that day. 

The spate of weather cancellations and frigid game days in the north has led to much griping about the new 2018 season length of 187 days, extended by four off-days for each team.

‘As a result of the players negotiating four extra off days for which I don’t blame them, the season has begun disastrously as far as scheduling is concerned,’ Mets legend Keith Hernandez wrote in an extended series of musings on Twitter.

‘Cold weather most everywhere. I don’t have to tell you how cold it has been,’ Hernandez wrote. ‘They’ve been playing in January football weather. I strongly believe that something needs to be done about this and quickly.’

In Toronto, Monday’s starters, Kansas City left-hander Eric Skoglund and Blue Jays lefty Jaime Garcia, will start Game 1 on Tuesday. 

Game 2 will also feature a pair of lefties, with Kansas City’s Danny Duffy going against Toronto’s J.A. Happ. 

Keith Hernandez statement on MLB season length and cold weather

Hernandez is seen donning winter boots before Monday's Mets game. He is fed up with cold weather and demands change

Hernandez is seen donning winter boots before Monday's Mets game. He is fed up with cold weather and demands change

Hernandez is seen donning winter boots before Monday’s Mets game. He is fed up with cold weather and demands change

Mets legend Keith Hernandez issued the following statement on Monday calling for immediate action on all this cold weather play: 

Well, Mother Nature has befallen MLB. As a result of the players negotiating four extra off days for which I don’t blame them, the season has begun disastrously as far as scheduling is concerned. Cold weather most everywhere. 

I don’t have to tell you how cold it has been not only here but in the midwest, upper midwest and Denver. They’ve been playing in January football weather. 

I strongly believe that something needs to be done about this and quickly. This is no new revelation. Let’s cut back the regular season to 154 games as in the past. The last 154 game schedule was played in 1961 in the NL only due to AL expansion that season. There is talk, due to scheduling issues of expanding two more teams so a 154 game schedule could become a reality. 

Please don’t do that. The game is deluded enough. The level of play is already compromised to a degree. Lets scale back inter-league play to just one series, home & away for crosstown or cross state teams. Or get rid of it period. I know they are money makers but if they have to go to accommodate a shorter season, then adios. 

And look what’s happened to the All Star Game. Four days off instead of three with a dog and pony show to boot just to feed the beast. Oh, and excuse me, to promote the game. Would ownership be willing to lose 7 games with all their inherent revenues? Would the players accept pro rated salary decreases? I don’t think ownership would and I am very uncertain about how the players would feel about this. 

Now I know it’s April 16th and it looks like it’s going to be one of those soggy, wet, and damp springs like in 1976. We’d be playing by now anyway even with a shortened season, but at least it would be less games in the chill and no post season into November. Good for the fans, good for the players. 

I rant. I’ve got errands to run before I head to the park for tonight’s game vs. the Nationals. I had scheduled today at noon in Citi Field a commercial shoot for New York Lotto with our new manager, Mickey Callaway. But alas, even this ugly spring has descended upon this task. Postponed due to inclement weather. Strike a familiar sound? 

See you tonight. It’s pouring all morning out here in Sag. Reminds of those spring storms that use to come off the Pacific Ocean when I was a kid growing up in the coastal town of Pacifica. Rain for days, sometimes weeks, minor flooding, walking the half mile to school in my yellow rain coat and hat, booties on, splashing in the puddles. What memories. When the storm passed, everything turned green and Linda Mar valley was spectacularly beautiful. And muddy. 

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Keith Hernandez statement on MLB season length and cold weather 

Keith Hernandez statement on MLB season length and cold weather 

Hernandez is seen donning winter boots before Monday's Mets game. He is fed up with cold weather and demands change

Hernandez is seen donning winter boots before Monday's Mets game. He is fed up with cold weather and demands change

Hernandez is seen donning winter boots before Monday’s Mets game. He is fed up with cold weather and demands change

Mets legend Keith Hernandez issued the following statement on Monday calling for immediate action on all this cold weather play: 

Well, Mother Nature has befallen MLB. As a result of the players negotiating four extra off days for which I don’t blame them, the season has begun disastrously as far as scheduling is concerned. Cold weather most everywhere. 

I don’t have to tell you how cold it has been not only here but in the midwest, upper midwest and Denver. They’ve been playing in January football weather. 

I strongly believe that something needs to be done about this and quickly. This is no new revelation. Let’s cut back the regular season to 154 games as in the past. The last 154 game schedule was played in 1961 in the NL only due to AL expansion that season. There is talk, due to scheduling issues of expanding two more teams so a 154 game schedule could become a reality. 

Please don’t do that. The game is deluded enough. The level of play is already compromised to a degree. Lets scale back inter-league play to just one series, home & away for crosstown or cross state teams. Or get rid of it period. I know they are money makers but if they have to go to accommodate a shorter season, then adios. 

And look what’s happened to the All Star Game. Four days off instead of three with a dog and pony show to boot just to feed the beast. Oh, and excuse me, to promote the game. Would ownership be willing to lose 7 games with all their inherent revenues? Would the players accept pro rated salary decreases? I don’t think ownership would and I am very uncertain about how the players would feel about this. 

Now I know it’s April 16th and it looks like it’s going to be one of those soggy, wet, and damp springs like in 1976. We’d be playing by now anyway even with a shortened season, but at least it would be less games in the chill and no post season into November. Good for the fans, good for the players. 

I rant. I’ve got errands to run before I head to the park for tonight’s game vs. the Nationals. I had scheduled today at noon in Citi Field a commercial shoot for New York Lotto with our new manager, Mickey Callaway. But alas, even this ugly spring has descended upon this task. Postponed due to inclement weather. Strike a familiar sound? 

See you tonight. It’s pouring all morning out here in Sag. Reminds of those spring storms that use to come off the Pacific Ocean when I was a kid growing up in the coastal town of Pacifica. Rain for days, sometimes weeks, minor flooding, walking the half mile to school in my yellow rain coat and hat, booties on, splashing in the puddles. What memories. When the storm passed, everything turned green and Linda Mar valley was spectacularly beautiful. And muddy. 

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Tom Rogic opens floodgates as Celtic rout Rangers in Scottish FA Cup

Tom Rogic opens floodgates as Celtic rout Rangers in Scottish FA Cup

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Callum McGregor celebrates after scoring Celtic’s second goal in their Scottish FA Cup win over Rangers.
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Scottish Cup semi-finals can deliver seminal moments. Two years ago, a shock Rangers victory in an Old Firm clash effectively signalled the end for Ronny Deila’s time as the Celtic manager. The subsequent arrival of Brendan Rodgers triggered a stunning upturn in fortunes in Glasgow’s east end.

Rangers apparently lack the resources to attract a manager of Rodgers’s calibre. Nonetheless, the ease with which they were swatted aside here should illustrate the scale of overhaul required at Ibrox. Had Alloa Athletic’s players moonlighted in Rangers shirts for this game, the outcome would have been no different.

Graeme Murty, who only has the Rangers manager’s job until the summer, watched his team embarrassed by a Celtic side who don’t need the assistance of such lame opposition. Rangers didn’t have much shape to start with; they lost it all, and their discipline, long before full time. Murty, who looked shellshocked, apologised to the Rangers support as he reflected on his worst day in football.

“I don’t think we got close enough to them,” Murty said. “All four goals were avoidable. I said we had to be clinical in both boxes but I don’t think we managed to do that at all.

“I’m not here to speak about my own position; it would be churlish and selfish to do that now. I won’t talk about my role, it isn’t about me.”

In truth, it is the absentee Rangers chairman Dave King who should be doing the talking. King continues to preside over an inefficient club which hasn’t won a major trophy since their financial collapse of 2012.

For Rodgers, further history beckons. No Scottish team has ever won back-to-back domestic trebles. With the League Cup in the trophy cabinet and a successful top-flight defence within touching distance, victory against Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final would deliver that consecutive clean sweep.

“I think what the players have done over the past couple of seasons has inspired the supporters into believing the impossible,” the Celtic manager said. “There is always a lot of talk up here about the gap [between Celtic and Rangers] but these are tough games. Rangers have good players and there is always pressure at this club, the expectations are huge.”

Moussa Dembélé, who was to run amok, had already struck a post by the time Celtic edged ahead. Tom Rogic danced inside Ross McCrorie, with the bemused young defender left to look on as the Australian midfielder rolled a calm finish beyond Wes Foderingham.

The half-time score at least partly reflected the gulf in class. A routine Kieran Tierney cross should have been dealt with by Russell Martin. Instead, the veteran centre-back played the ball straight to the feel of Callum McGregor. The return was with interest as Celtic doubled their lead. Murty’s response, which appeared little more than tokenism, was to replace Andy Halliday with Josh Windass. There were still five first half minutes to play.

Any faint hopes Rangers retained of a recovery were extinguished by a Dembélé burst. The floundering McCrorie hauled down the French striker, with a red card and penalty the legitimate outcome. Dembélé took the spot-kick himself and duly made no mistake.

A Rangers flurry followed. Mikael Lustig almost scored a bizarre own goal but instead watched his sliced clearance rebound from the crossbar. Craig Gordon saved smartly, twice, from Alfredo Morelos.

The latter stages of the game were flat on the basis Rangers had no chance of salvation and Celtic knew this perfectly well. There was time for a fourth, again from the penalty spot, after Patrick Roberts was upended by Jason Holt. The excellent Olivier Ntcham used the opportunity to notch his eighth goal of the season.

“We have a way of playing that we know can win games,” Rodgers said. What Rangers and Murty would give for that.

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Celtic won the last encounter between the teams 3-2 at Ibrox Park.
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Phillies manager Gabe Kapler licks ice cream and then spits it out

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler licks ice cream and then spits it out

  • Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler licks ice cream and then spits it out 
  • The 42-year-old apparently loves the flavor of ice cream but is on a strict diet
  • So he said in order to stick to his diet he just takes a quick bite then spits it  

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Philadelphia Phillies players revealed an unusual story about their health-conscious manager Gabe Kapler. 

The 42-year-old apparently has a disturbing way of eating ice cream… or not eating it, for that matter.

Jon Still, who played under Kapler while he was managing the Minor League Team the Greenville Astros, told Sports Illustrated that instead of eating ice cream like any other normal person, after each lick he takes he spits it out.

Philadelphia Phillies players revealed an unusual story about their health-conscious manager Gabe Kapler. The 42-year-old apparently has a disturbing way of eating ice cream... or not eating it, for that matter. 

Philadelphia Phillies players revealed an unusual story about their health-conscious manager Gabe Kapler. The 42-year-old apparently has a disturbing way of eating ice cream... or not eating it, for that matter. 

Philadelphia Phillies players revealed an unusual story about their health-conscious manager Gabe Kapler. The 42-year-old apparently has a disturbing way of eating ice cream… or not eating it, for that matter. 

‘He was so into health, [but] he’s addicted to ice cream,’ Still explained. 

‘So he would sit there and lick ice cream but have a cup and spit into it. He would lick it just for the taste but didn’t want to eat it. I told him, “Dude, that’s like Unabomber type stuff.” That’s a thing he did.’ 

Jon Still, who played under Kapler while he was managing the Minor League Team the Greenville Astros, told Sports Illustrated that instead of eating ice cream like any other normal person, after each lick he takes he spits it out so he can enjoy the flavor but not have the calories 

Jon Still, who played under Kapler while he was managing the Minor League Team the Greenville Astros, told Sports Illustrated that instead of eating ice cream like any other normal person, after each lick he takes he spits it out so he can enjoy the flavor but not have the calories 

Jon Still, who played under Kapler while he was managing the Minor League Team the Greenville Astros, told Sports Illustrated that instead of eating ice cream like any other normal person, after each lick he takes he spits it out so he can enjoy the flavor but not have the calories 

But according to Kapler, that’s only half true. 

‘It never happened in Greenville,’ he said, explaining that it actually happened with his girlfriend, who is now his ex-wife.

‘We were walking together and I was on a very strict chicken-breast-and-beans diet, and she was eating an ice cream cone. And I was like “that looks amazing.” 

‘I took a bite of it and spit it out, because i wanted the flavor but didn’t want to go off track. That story got told by somebody else, and it became their story that they saw it happen.’  

Kapler was only moved up to the Philadelphia-based major league team for the 2018 season. 

During his time as a professional player he played as outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays. 

He also played for a Japanese team, the Yomiuru Giants, for a two year stint.  

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Botched pennant unveiling cracks up Astros players as stadium workers enlist a leaf blower

Botched pennant unveiling cracks up Astros players as stadium workers enlist a leaf blower

  • The Astros unveiled their 2017 World Series pennant before their home opener
  • Unfortunately, the tarp covering the over-sized metal pennant refused to budge
  • After trying to remove it with ropes and a stick, one stadium employee with a leaf blower was enlisted to help blow the tarp off and the tactic ultimately worked 

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The Houston Astros unveiled their 2017 World Series pennant before their home opener.

Or at least they tried to.

The pregame unveiling of the World Series pennant in left field hit a bit of a snag when stadium workers struggled to remove its tarp. Tugging ropes on the fabric covering the golden pennant on a windy day didn’t work. So after a minute or so, a man with a leaf blower appeared and helped remove it, all while players chuckled

Pitcher Justin Verlander, in particular, enjoyed the panicked effort to remove the tarp as he could be seen grinning from ear to ear alongside his teammates. 

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Workers try to remove the cover of the Houston Astros' 2018 World Series champion banner before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles

Workers try to remove the cover of the Houston Astros' 2018 World Series champion banner before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles

Workers try to remove the cover of the Houston Astros’ 2018 World Series champion banner before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles

After failing to remove the tarp with ropes and a long pole, stadium workers had a good idea

After failing to remove the tarp with ropes and a long pole, stadium workers had a good idea

At first, a long stick proved to be insufficient

At first, a long stick proved to be insufficient

After failing to remove the tarp with ropes and a long pole, stadium workers had a good idea 

A leaf blower was successfully enlisted to remove the stubborn tarp

A leaf blower was successfully enlisted to remove the stubborn tarp

The leaf blower was not a perfect solution, but it got the job done

The leaf blower was not a perfect solution, but it got the job done

A leaf blower was successfully enlisted to remove the stubborn tarp 

The World Series banner is the first in Astros franchise history 

The World Series banner is the first in Astros franchise history 

The World Series banner is the first in Astros franchise history 

‘I was like: “Come on, come on, come on,’ and then finally,”‘ second baseman and 2017 American League MVP Jose Altuve said. ‘It was funny but in the end it came off and we all liked to see the World Series champs on the banner.’

Astros first base coach Rich Dauer almost died when he suffered an acute subdural hematoma during Houston's victory parade. On Monday, an emotional Dauer threw out the first pitch ahead of the Astros' opener 

Astros first base coach Rich Dauer almost died when he suffered an acute subdural hematoma during Houston's victory parade. On Monday, an emotional Dauer threw out the first pitch ahead of the Astros' opener 

Astros first base coach Rich Dauer almost died when he suffered an acute subdural hematoma during Houston’s victory parade. On Monday, an emotional Dauer threw out the first pitch ahead of the Astros’ opener 

The laughable situation was quickly followed by an even more joyous moment. 

Former Astros first base coach Rich Dauer, who has recovered after almost dying when he suffered an acute subdural hematoma during Houston’s victory parade, threw out a ceremonial first pitch. 

Dauer wept openly the entire time he was on the field and wiped his puffy eyes with a handkerchief after he tossed the strike to Hinch. More tears came as he embraced manager A.J. Hinch at the plate and they continued to flow as he received big hugs from Carlos Correa, Altuve, George Springer and many other Astros.

‘The World Series mattered to him, living mattered more,’ Hinch said. ‘That moment hit a lot of us.’

Pitcher Justin Verlander, in particular, enjoyed the panicked effort to remove the tarp as he could be seen grinning from ear to ear alongside his teammates

Pitcher Justin Verlander, in particular, enjoyed the panicked effort to remove the tarp as he could be seen grinning from ear to ear alongside his teammates

Pitcher Justin Verlander, in particular, enjoyed the panicked effort to remove the tarp as he could be seen grinning from ear to ear alongside his teammates

A general view of Minute Maid Park during player introductions on opening day

A general view of Minute Maid Park during player introductions on opening day

A general view of Minute Maid Park during player introductions on opening day

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