Video: Game called on account of snow?

posted at 10:41 am on April 12, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Only in Minneapolis could this take place — and only after Major League Baseball insisted that the city build the Twins an outdoor stadium. The team played its home opener in 35-degree weather, but at least the ground was clear. After two rounds of snowfall this week, it looks like the Twins and the Mets can head over to Dave’s Famous Barbecue to warm up instead of freezing on the field:

Governor Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency yesterday in another part of Minnesota, thanks to the ice storm that preceded the snowfall. But even in the Twin Cities, the transportation mess that resulted might also impact the go/no-go decision today for the Twins:

In the Twin Cities, heavy snow, sleet and gusty winds tested the patience of morning commuters in the Twin Cities and other communities across southern Minnesota.

Across Minnesota, the State Patrol said it responded to 296 crashes plus 440 vehicles that either spun out or went off the road from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. While 39 of those accidents involved injuries, the patrol said, nobody was seriously hurt or killed.

Snowfall totals reached as high as 12 inches at Marshall in southwestern Minnesota, while parts of the Twin Cities area received 3 to 6 inches, the National Weather Service said. The storm then crawled north, hitting Duluth around midday with more than 2 inches of snow.

So far, the Star Tribune reports, the plan is to play — but that may be because the weather isn’t expected to get much better all weekend:

The club will make every effort to play the game, since the three-game series is the only visit by the Mets to Target Field this season. …

The weather figures to be lousy all weekend. The high Friday is 36 degrees, with a chance of snow. But postpone the game and you face Sunday’s forecast of rain, and a high of 42.

When Target Field was built, the worry was that any post-season play for the Twins in October might have conditions like this. Few worried about mid-April conditions. Good thing the planet keeps getting warmer, huh?


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It IS a slow news day when a game between the Twinkies and the Mets is main page material.

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

When Target Field was built, the worry was that any post-season play for the Twins in October might have conditions like this. Few worried about mid-April conditions. Good thing the planet keeps getting warmer, huh?

Geeze, try to keep up with the latest in science, thanks to global warming you can soon expect blizzards causing games in August to be cancelled. In a few decades even the Padres will be seeing snow delays.

jarodea on April 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Okay baseball may be America’s favorite pastime but here in W. MI. cold wind and rain are interrupting my favorite pastime.

fourdeucer on April 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

This is a heart- and global-warming story.

steebo77 on April 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Yesterday, the Tigers beat the Blue Jays and it was about 33 degrees and raining in Detroit. Spring baseball has always been an issue, I’m old enough to remember when Frank Lary injured his pitching arm in cold weather. It’s not the same game, the ball doesn’t react off the bat the same, the pitchers have a hard time coming with heat to the plate. And then there’s the playoffs running deep into October, all with night games that kids can’t stay up to watch. MLB and the MLPA will never shorten the season by two weeks, which is what they should do. Eliminate a few interleague games, start the regular season a week later and end it a week earlier.

rokemronnie on April 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

They said if we voted down the Kyoto Protocol environmental change would threaten our very way of life, and they were right!

Jaibones on April 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

It IS a slow news day when a game between the Twinkies and the Mets is main page material.

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

ಠ_ಠ

JetBoy on April 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

I believe it’s Famous Dave’s q, not Dave’s Famous.

I give Famous Dave’s two greasy thumb’s up.

davidk on April 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

They can use our stadium. I don’t think the Astros will get in the way. Heck, we’ll even open the roof.

Really something to remember seeing 55,000 continuously pack the dome for the last 5 years of its life and Minute Maid can’t get 18,000 to show up with this team. And the American League??

What’s really sad is the local Comcast franchise has locked up the TV feed and nobody is watching or complaining about it.

DanMan on April 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Just a couple years ago, the Indians had to move some of their home games to Milwaukee because of snow in Cleveland.

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

in this day and age no sport stadium should be built w/o a roof. go retractable if you must but it’s the height of stupidity to not cover a stadium.

chasdal on April 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Jeez, and I thought the weather here in the Idaho Mountains was crap! Keep warm Minnesota!

sage0925 on April 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

To lighten up the morning, I told Mrs. Strozek (in jest, at breakfast) that I had forgotten to tell her we had tix to the game tonight.

Response: The Stare of Death.

My bad.

Bruno Strozek on April 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Game called on account of snow?

Don’t think of it as snow and ice. Think of it as really thick rain.

Happy Nomad on April 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM

The gods of Asgard do not approve of baseball.

Annar on April 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM

in this day and age no sport stadium should be built w/o a roof. go retractable if you must but it’s the height of stupidity to not cover a stadium.

chasdal on April 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

I’ll let you tell that to the folks in Green Bay.

Happy Nomad on April 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Ya’ know we wouldn’t be having climate anomalies like this if we hadn’t banned DDT and Freon. They were what was keeping the climate stable.

Oldnuke on April 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Happy Nomad on April 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

HN, update, I am on an island south of the peninsula, but the weather here in the immediate region is overcast, however the local news is covering it and they seem agitated but for us so far its business as usual. Not sure what crazy eyes will do, we shall see.

MarshFox on April 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

This weather is making me so crabby.

gophergirl on April 12, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I’m sure that this could all be fixed by having the government steal more of our money with a carbon tax.

jukin3 on April 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM

It’s called “climate change” you bunch of racist homophobes! If you can’t figure out why gorebull warming is causing it to snow in minisoda in the middle of April I don’t know what to tell you.

VegasRick on April 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Only in Minneapolis could this take place

WRONG!
It has happened already multiple times in Denver.
Rockies-Braves game on 10 April 2008, and Rockies-Phillies 10 Oct 2009, both postponed because of snow.
And Rockies-Dbacks 3 Apr 2011 for mixed snow & rain.

dentarthurdent on April 12, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Retractable roof for baseball stadiums in the north. Duh.

Football should be played outside. Always.

Metro on April 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Just a couple years ago, the Indians had to move some of their home games to Milwaukee because of snow in Cleveland.

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

I was pretty sure that happened, but couldn’t find anything searching for it. Wow, the Indians lost 7 home games due to over a foot of snow.

jarodea on April 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Video: Game called on account of snow? global warming

FIFY

Resist We Much on April 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Ed,
You need to move!
Halli

The CJ Political Report on April 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Al Gore was scheduled to throw out the first snowball…

albill on April 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM

It’s called “climate change” you bunch of racist homophobes! If you can’t figure out why gorebull warming is causing it to snow in minisoda in the middle of April I don’t know what to tell you.

VegasRick on April 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM

It’s those Vikings whose SUVs made Greenland warm enough for farming 1100 years ago – and now they’re messin with Minnesoda weather – err ahh climate I mean….

And now it’s an official part of the “science” propaganda to be pushed on our kids in public screwls.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/04/12/new-science-standards-have-americas-educational-publishers-turning-page/?test=latestnews

dentarthurdent on April 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM

It’s those Vikings whose SUVs made Greenland warm enough for farming 1100 years ago – and now they’re messin with Minnesoda weather – err ahh climate I mean….

And now it’s an official part of the “science” propaganda to be pushed on our kids in public screwls.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/04/12/new-science-standards-have-americas-educational-publishers-turning-page/?test=latestnews

dentarthurdent on April 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM

I blame it on the sequester…….or Bush.

VegasRick on April 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

So can we puh-LEEEEEEZE build the Keystone XL pipeline and cough out some good ol’ carbon dioxide and warm up the planet, so that the Twins can play ball on green grass?

Somebody should tell Barky that his windmills don’t generate much electricity in the snow when the bearings get frozen stuck.

Steve Z on April 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

It’s not so bad here in Minnesota. Yeah we have a batshiite crazy governor, a state house packed solid with rabid lefties, and taxes so high they make your nose bleed just thinking about it, but look…snow in mid April. That’s pretty cool, just another reason to stay.

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

no sarc needed eh Bishop?

DanMan on April 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM

The baseball players need to put on their bigboy pants and go out and play!

When has a football game been called due to rain or snow?? NEVER
What about that sissy sport soccer ?? NEVER
Hockey ?? NEVER

Besides, baseball players always wear gloves when they play, even in Florida.

KenInIL on April 12, 2013 at 11:49 AM

in this day and age no sport stadium should be built w/o a roof. go retractable if you must but it’s the height of stupidity to not cover a stadium.

chasdal on April 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Yeah Minnie, if you would just cover your stadiums, this problem of snow on the field is elimin….. Wait, what?

http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=metrodome+collapse+video&ei=UTF-8&fr=chr-greentree_ff&ilc=12&type=992732

mdenis39 on April 12, 2013 at 11:50 AM

They should reorient the leagues so that half the teams in a division are in the south and half in the north. April games will all be played in the southern parks and Mid-July to Mid-August games would be played in the northern parks. Home Openers in May is much better for northern cities.

The Buffalo Bison AAA franchise typically snowed out April games but the season ended the first week in September when the weather was great.

KW64 on April 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Here’s the definition of Climate Change……

Let’s say the normal mean temperature in a particular city in mid-April is 58 degrees.

Because Liberals believe in Global Warming, they predicted that by 2013, the mean temperature for mid-April in that same city would be 65 degrees.

But instead, it’s 53 degrees.

Liberals then call this “highly unusual weather”, and proof of Climate Change.

ardenenoch on April 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

The baseball players need to put on their bigboy pants and go out and play!

When has a football game been called due to rain or snow?? NEVER
What about that sissy sport soccer ?? NEVER
Hockey ?? NEVER

Besides, baseball players always wear gloves when they play, even in Florida.

KenInIL on April 12, 2013 at 11:49 AM

It has nothing to do with the cold, baseball can’t be played in warm rain either. It has everything to do with bat and ball sports being far more precise than the sloppy sports you mentioned and also the fact that a little white (well grayish) ball has to be able to be seen by the players and umps. Heck there have been games in Cleveland where one team or the other wanted a delay because of all the white lakegulls on the field made it extremely difficult to see the ball in play.

jarodea on April 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

When has a football game been called due to rain or snow??

A&M’s inaugeral game in the SEC last year. It had the potential to rock the season since they had to sacrifice their bye week which came the week before the LSU game.

DanMan on April 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

They should reorient the leagues so that half the teams in a division are in the south and half in the north. April games will all be played in the southern parks and Mid-July to Mid-August games would be played in the northern parks. Home Openers in May is much better for northern cities.

The Buffalo Bison AAA franchise typically snowed out April games but the season ended the first week in September when the weather was great.

KW64 on April 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Not at all, they do that for college baseball (or did, haven’t watched it in a while) and the result is northern teams have terrible starts from which they rarely recover. The current system is fine, a handful of snow delays is a minor nuisance at best.

I do think the season should start a little later and end a little earlier. It would solve most of the snow issues, assuming “climate change” doesn’t return us to snowball Earth, but that requires the old practice of the double header which TV broadcasters hate.

jarodea on April 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Just use an orange baseball…

Khun Joe on April 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM

It’s been in the 80s here, but it’s CA. Typical for April.

Bob's Kid on April 12, 2013 at 1:36 PM

The taxpayersNow were treated to endless arguments about how the Metrodome wasn’t good enough for the Twins and vikings. 70 degrees and dry inside so matter how hot or cold or rainy outside. Now the MN tazpayers pay for TWO outdoor stadiums, one for the Twins and one for the Vikings. This is insanity.

mydh12 on April 12, 2013 at 1:39 PM

The game is on for today.

jlemieu1 on April 12, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Good thing the planet keeps getting warmer, huh?

You forget, Ed, that according to the Warmist’s current talking points that all the warmth is now causing the cold and snow. Keep up!

William Teach on April 12, 2013 at 1:55 PM

They can use our stadium. I don’t think the Astros will get in the way. Heck, we’ll even open the roof.

Really something to remember seeing 55,000 continuously pack the dome for the last 5 years of its life and Minute Maid can’t get 18,000 to show up with this team. And the American League??

What’s really sad is the local Comcast franchise has locked up the TV feed and nobody is watching or complaining about it.

DanMan on April 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I’ll be there when the Cards come to town for interleague play. (Pisses me off the Astros moved to the American League just when I moved down here)

Mitoch55 on April 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Major League Baseball insisted that the city build the Twins an outdoor stadium.

And conservatives keep supporting this foolishness.
What right does a business have telling the city how to build a stadium?
What right does a team have demanding taxpayers build them a stadium?
And after taxpayers pay for the construction, they have to pay again every time they visit.
While the team that received the huge gift gets in for free.

itsnotaboutme on April 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I went to a baseball game and a hockey game broke out.

NoDonkey on April 12, 2013 at 2:22 PM

AGW bites hard, doesn’t it?

Another Drew on April 12, 2013 at 2:30 PM

and only after Major League Baseball insisted that the city build the Twins an outdoor stadium

Why exactly are cities using taxpayer monies to build stadiums? Given ticket prices, I would think they would be self-sustaining businesses run by the teams themselves. And why is MLB strongarming cities into building their stadiums?

hopeful on April 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

The thing I’m shocked about is that the traffic in Minnesota got so screwed up. You guys have lots of practice driving in snow, dontcha know. You betcha!

NavyMustang on April 12, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Only in Minneapolis could this take place — and only after Major League Baseball insisted that the city build the Twins an outdoor stadium.

I could have swore the reason you’re stuck with a taxpayer-funded outdoor stadium is because the Twins couldn’t con the Legislature to fund a taxpayer-funded indoor stadium.

Steve Eggleston on April 12, 2013 at 7:13 PM

in this day and age no sport stadium should be built w/o a roof. go retractable if you must but it’s the height of stupidity to not cover a stadium.

chasdal on April 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Two points of order:

- You misspelled “baseball”. No football stadium should ever have a roof on it.
- You do realize that not only does adding a roof double the cost, but that taxpayers get to pay 100% of that doubling.

Steve Eggleston on April 12, 2013 at 7:23 PM

I do think the season should start a little later and end a little earlier. It would solve most of the snow issues, assuming “climate change” doesn’t return us to snowball Earth, but that requires the old practice of the double header which TV broadcasters hate.

jarodea on April 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

If the TV broadcasters hate it, the owners themselves absolutely loathe it (unless they can manage to schedule day/night doubleheaders with a full stadium sweep between the two games).

Steve Eggleston on April 12, 2013 at 7:25 PM

See Ed. NOT “only in Minneapolis”.
http://www.gazette.com/articles/rockies-153603-shovel-clears.html

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM