BALTIMORE – The Orioles’ two consecutive postponements are unusual. However, they’re not unprecedented.
Last year, rain forced postponements of two games with the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 29-30. Those were easy to make up because both teams had an open date on May 1 and the game was rescheduled as a doubleheader.
On July 18, 2001 a train accident adjacent to Oriole Park caused the postponement of three consecutive games.
A CSX train caught fire and derailed. The area wasn’t cleared for three days.
Two scheduled games with the Texas Rangers, were made up in Arlington, Tex. the next week. Another was made up as part of a doubleheader with the Angels that weekend.
The events of Sept. 11 caused a week’s worth of games around Major League Baseball to be postponed that year. The Orioles’ scheduled games were added to the last week of the season, and Cal Ripken’s final game was played at home instead of on the road.
The Orioles and Chicago White Sox have a game scheduled for Wednesday. No decision on that game has been made yet. While the Orioles have an open date scheduled for Thursday, the White Sox are scheduled to play at Minnesota.
Both teams have concurrent open dates on May 4, May 14, May 28, Aug. 6, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10. However, the Aug. 6 date is in the middle of an Orioles’ West Coast trip. The Aug. 13 date would be unlikely too because scheduling a game there would result in a string of 27 consecutive games without an off day.
There is a series in Chicago July 3-5. Games could be made up there as part of doubleheaders.
Tampa Bay is scheduled to play here this weekend. The Rays and Orioles could swap home dates. The Orioles were scheduled to play at Tampa Bay July 24-26 and Sept. 17-20.
The Rays also play here May 29-31 and Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
There have been other times when venues have been moved to neutral sites because of weather or stadium structural issues. The Nationals are away this week, and while the Orioles would like to avoid it, they could play at Nationals Park.
The Orioles have encouraged fans to hold on to their tickets and parking passes for tonight’s game.