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
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
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
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 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
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.