As far as I’m concerned, let MLB finish the World Series in spring training. I tuned in last night and it was raining. FOX kept running this lame sit-com and broke in every 20 minutes or so with an update. I don’t know how many times Joe Buck said the window should open soon and they’ll play.
Naturally, they gave up when it was time to go to local news.
A lot of people in those stands were inconvenienced. No telling how many had tickets for that one game and how far they traveled. Rainouts are part of the equation, but MLB doesn’t do anything to put the odds back in their favor. Instead, they just keep giving in to the networks.
Here’s an idea: Shorten the season.
1. Schedule enough double headers so where the season can be cut a week and then move everything back a week. The Division Series could be over by October 1. The NLCS/ALCS could start the first week in October. And the World Series could be done by Oct. 20 instead of starting that date.
2. You don’t want to give up the gates, then don’t …. make them day-night. Just do it and get out out of the nasty weather.
Another thing, what’s so wrong about a game or two during the day? Schedule it and tell the networks, “this is when we’re playing. We want to broadcast, show up at that time.” It’s their sport, their event. They have the power to do it if they want.
They just won’t because they want to get every last dime from the network, and every dime costs them a little control.