The paragraph about three consecutive doubles and only one run made me smile and reminded me of the story of the team with six hits in an inning and NO RUNS.
Batter #1 hits a single and is out trying to stretch into a double. Batter 2 singles and is out trying to steal before Batter 3 hits a single. No. 4 and No. 5 also single but No. 3 had to stop at third base. With the bases loaded Batter 6 hits a ground ball between first and second base. It hits runner (Batter 5) which is the third out but No. 6 is credited with a hit.
I’ve got a question: Did Batter 5 hit his single to right field? If so, why didn’t Batter 3 score?
Is Major League Baseball on drugs? These marathon delays are an embarrassment to the game and also terrible customer service to those who attend the games.
I think that both the teams (prior to the start of the games) and the umpires (once the game has started) are at fault.
I know teams hate doubleheaders because of pitching staff issues, but why is it so difficult for games to be canceled if the weather is bad? I can’t imagine another business allowing itself to provide such horrible customer service.
The umpires need to be directed to cancel games after a reasonable period, say 60 minutes of rain. Remember, you have to tack on another 20 to 30 minutes to prepare the field and get the teams warmed up.
Anything after 8 p.m. local time is really too late to start a game, especially nowadays as games are not played in 2½ hours as it used to be 40 years ago. The umpires are obsessive about finishing a game once it starts, especially a game that has gone five innings (the obvious solution here is make all of these games suspended games).
During a game like May 31 that is two innings old, it is a no-brainer. Cancel the darned game. I think MLB and its teams have allowed technology to become a detriment to the product on the field. The technological advances are newer weather radar and forecasting and better field drainage in the new ballparks.
I think the Indians should adopt a policy that no game will start more than 70 minutes after its scheduled start time. I believe the fans, the paying customers, should be the people who matter the most to the team. Customer service! I think MLB should also direct its umpires to act in a similar manner once a game has started.
Wouldn’t it be a friendlier world if every company cared about its customers first, last and always? Unfortunately, baseball isn’t selling widgets or a service. It is selling both entertainment and competition. The competitive aspects come first or there is nothing to sell.
The overriding problem is the gerrymandered schedule, which forces teams to visit an opponent’s ballpark one series a season. Off days are at a premium, so makeup games cannot always be accommodated in this fashion.
Four-hour, 39 minutes of rain delays are hardly the norm, as happened on May 31 at Progressive Field. In fact they are rare.
Teams cannot mandate that no game will start more than 70 minutes after its scheduled first pitch. Umpires are obsessive about finishing games, because games are supposed to be played to their conclusion, and the here and now might be the only time that can happen.
Fix the schedule, and most of your complaints will be washed away by the next passing shower.