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Dreaming of a white opening day

Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:43 pm

By C. Trent Rosecrans

BrewersCINCINNATI -- I just got back from Great American Ball Park where the Brewers and Reds had shortened workouts because of the snow in Cincinnati. Meanwhile, up the road in Columbus, the exhibition between the Indians and their Triple-A Columbus team was suspended after 2 1/3 innings because of snow and icy field conditions.

The good news is that the snow has stopped in Cincinnati and is expected to be dry, although cool, at gametime tomorrow, where it's predicted to be 44 degrees and cloudy for the 2:15 first pitch.

"And you believe them?" Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "If there's one thing I learned about Ohio, it's never count on what they say [the weather will be.]"

Cleveland doesn't start until Friday, hosting the White Sox. According to, there will be a high of 42 and partly cloudy for the Indians' opener.

Other forecasts for tomorrow from

Braves at Nationals -- 43 with light rain at 1 p.m. EST
Tigers at Yankees -- 44 with showers at 1 p.m. EST
Angels at Royals --  51 with showers at 4 p.m. EST
Padres at Cardinals -- 54 and partly cloudy at 4 p.m. EST
Giants at Dodgers -- 82 and sunny at 8 p.m. EST

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 7:48 am

Dreaming of a white opening day

I think it has to do with the players griping about too may doubleheaders several years ago.  So they start in late March instead of the 1st Monday in April and schedule fewer DH's.
Try the owners!  When there's a doubleheader and it's not split the owners lose the chance to make more money.  Think about it.  The day-night doubleheader didn't come along until the last 10-15 years.  They didn't exist back in the 1970s and earlier.  The owners realized how valuable each individual game is and to have a true doubleheader starting earlier in the day is a missed chance at easy revenue.  MLB doesn't even schedule the things anymore.  This is one of the main reasons the season seems so damn long.  If you look at the daily schedules in the 1950s and 1960s, doubleheaders occurred every couple of weeks and look at how the schedule unfolded into the fall.  The World Series was over a month earlier than it is now.

I'm sure some of the players bitched about them as well, but the death of the doubleheader has to do more with owners putting their collective foot down and all but demanding they not be scheduled from the beginning of the season.  When the weather forces them, they come up with the day-night version and get to pack the ballpark two separate times for two separate shots of revenue.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:46 pm

Dreaming of a white opening day

"Also, what ever happened to MLB opening day on Monday?!?!?! "

I would love to see the Opening Day games start on the 1st Monday in April.  The Reds play Opening Day on Thursday 3/31 and are off on Friday.  When was the last time the Reds (or any MLB team) had a Friday day off?  That's not right.

I think it has to do with the players griping about too may doubleheaders several years ago.  So they start in late March instead of the 1st Monday in April and schedule fewer DH's.

Also, as far as playing in cold weather, so what?  The players are paid enough to play in a hurricane IMHO.  It might be a little tough on the fans, but only for a week or 2. 

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:37 pm

Dreaming of a white opening day

The Reds have always opened at home on the first "full" day of the season, or at least the 40+ years I've been around.  The Reds' first game was (until about 10 years ago) THE first game of the season.  What MLB has changed is the scheduling of game(s) before the Reds on Opening Day.  But the Reds always open their season at home on Opening Day.

The Reds should always open at home.since they are the original baseball team (the Red Stockings,, since around 1880's).  Opening Day is a major, city-wide event in Cincy - parades, all kinds of stuff going on downtown.  I live near KC now, and Opening Day is not that big a deal (and not only because they almost always SUCK).  They get a little fired up for their "home opener".  2011 they start off at home but it's STILL not a big deal, except for the hard-core fans.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 9:14 pm

Dreaming of a white opening day

As far as having opening day in Cincinnati, I think alot of you are forgetting (or didn't know) that the Reds used to open every season at home, before any other teams played--every year.  This was tradition honoring the Reds as the first major league baseball team.  Though MLB has softened the tradition a little by relaxing that the Reds must play at home as the first game every year, it is still attempting to honor the tradition as much as possible.  That's why MLB will have opening day games in Cincinnati most of the time.

Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 9:07 pm

Dreaming of a white opening day

DBowman, I completely agree.. Nice to see Angels AT Kansas City, and the Padres at STL.. C'mon scheduling committee smarten up!! I know you can't make due the entire month of April, but why not the 1st 2 series or so get scheduled in places with the best chances they'll be played!

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 8:15 pm

Dreaming of a white opening day

Isn't it funny!  Dusty Baker automatically disregards the meteorological services in Ohio.  Yet, did he did not say what was their forecast.  Why?  Because he did not listen to the forecast.  Remember Dusty, if there were forecasters in baseball, they would allow Pete Rose in the Hall.

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:58 pm

Dreaming of a white opening day

If the weather is in the low 40's and there's precipitation in the forecast, I'd be praying for snow. Nothing is worse than rain on a cold day.

Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:56 pm

Dreaming of a white opening day

It'll be cool to play baseball in the snow. At least it's better than rain.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:53 pm

Dreaming of a white opening day

tj-- It's not a question of me deciding whether or not to go to a game.  I don't have the time to go before early June anyway.  The problem is I have visions of a couple of years ago when some of Colorado's April games were snowed out.  Not rained out, mind you-- snowed out.  The same thing has happened in Cleveland and there's about a 25% chance of snow in Philly Thursday night before the Friday afternoon home opener.

According to MLB's own statistics, only two seasons in the last 50 have gone past the second week of the season without a rainout or other weather related cancellation/postponement.  That's a pretty healthy track record to hang your hat on if you want to push for more scheduling in cities with predictably better weather in the beginning of April.  Let's not forget what things were like last season.  The Braves and Giants played game with a rain delay of longer than four hours (April 11th) in San Fran, the Reds & Pirates sat through a rain delay of over an hour on the 16th in Pittsburgh, and the following week the Yankees and Rangers played a rain-shortened 6 inning game.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:11 pm

Dreaming of a white opening day

I haven't been to Target Field yet, but it looks really nice. I bet you'd much rather go to an outdoor game in Minnesota during the first week of April than have to go to a game indoors the rest of the season like you used to.

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