MINNEAPOLIS—Darren O’Day has an innovative solution for solving the problem of rescheduling rainouts.
The Orioles Player Representative says that the problem is the ballparks.
“I think it’s a good argument now for all stadiums that are built now to have a retractable roof,” O’Day said. “I know it’s expensive. It’s a problem.
The Orioles have had four rainouts, and rescheduling them has been tricky.
“It just seems wherever we’ve gone the last four, five weeks, rain has followed. We’re just stacking up the doubleheaders and postponed games,” O’Day said. “It will all add up.”
The Orioles have sacrificed two off days: June 20 and July 28 for makeup dates. The other two rainouts were scheduled as doubleheaders.
“It’s going to be a battle because that’s the time of year when you start really getting tired,” O’Day said.
Scheduling concerns the players, and it’s part of the negotiations for the new CBA.
O’Day isn’t getting specific about what the players have communicated to the Players Association leadership about scheduling.
“There’s been movements to shorten the season. There’s been movements to have more off days, to have a day of the week when teams are off. I’d guess Monday attendance is pretty low,” O’Day said.
“If you did shorten the season, the revenues lost probably would have to be accounted for somewhere. We wouldn’t have to worry about rainouts if we had retractable roofs.”
Currently, there are seven teams that play in either domes or retractable roofs: Arizona, Houston, Miami, Milwaukee, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Toronto. Rainouts rarely occur on the West Coast, but that leaves more than half the stadiums unprotected.
Many fans have suggested scheduled doubleheaders. The players might agree to that as long as rosters were expanded. No doubleheaders are scheduled ahead of time, and when rainouts necessitate one, teams get to add a 26th player for that day.
“It’s a really complicated issue because there are so many sides with their hands into it. If you try to take games off the season, a lot of people have to be taken into account, a lot of factors…It would take some major planning if you wanted to keep the schedule 162 [games] but get more off days. Scheduled doubleheaders would be part of that,” O’Day said.