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MLB rainout question

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by TheSportsPredictor, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Does MLB have a policy that prohibits games from starting if it is raining/snowing?
  2. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    I think the home team has the discretion of starting, delaying and/or canceling games prior to the first pitch.

    Once the game starts, the discretion becomes the home plate umpire's (or crew chief, I'm not sure which).
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Yes, I just wondered if there was any kind of rule that said no game will start if it is raining or snowing. Seems I've heard that before.
  4. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    No such rule, TSP. Home team in consultation with umpires determines whether to start the game ... crew chief takes control once the game starts.
  5. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

  6. T2

    T2 Member

    It seems there are different standards for starting and continuing play. Often, the home team won't allow a game to start during a light sprinkle, or if the forecasters say a thunderstorm is going to pass through in half an hour. But once the game has begun, the umpires allow play to continue even through constant moderate rain or the ominous rumbling of thunder.
  7. beefncheddar

    beefncheddar Guest

    Or if the home team's bullpen has thrown 421 1/3 innings in its first three games and needs a day off.
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