Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday afternoon that he is surprised by the high number of postponements during the early part of the season because of bad weather. Wednesday’s postponement between the Cardinals and Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago because of wintry weather was the 25th through the first three weeks of the season, matching 2007 for the most weather-related postponements through April. Major League Baseball started keeping records of weather-related postponements in 1986. “We were really surprised by these numbers,” said Manfred, speaking to a group of editors representing the Associated Press Sports Editors at MLB headquarters in Manhattan. “We only started four days earlier and quite frankly our first few days were better than the days we would have been playing on if we had gone with a traditional schedule. Just really unexpected.” There has been criticism pointed at MLB for putting together the schedule and not taking into account potentially bad weather in the Northeast and Midwest in March and April. Opening Day was held on March 29 this season – the earliest start in MLB history. There were two postponements on Opening Day (Pittsburgh at Detroit and Washington at Cincinnati). Baseball’s new collective… Read full this story
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