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Baseball as a Rain Gauge

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by on 05-11-2013 at 07:27 PM (1337 Views)
Who cares about inches? The real measure for precipitation should be postponements of Major League Baseball games. Even though you have 162 opportunities to see your favorite team take the field each year, a true baseball fan's blood begins to boil when the grounds crew unrolls that damn diamond shape tarp.


(Back to Back Postponements in Kansas City, May 2nd, and 3rd.)

It seems like it's been a really wet spring so far in 2013. At least judging by the amount of rain-outs this season. 21 times already through May 10th. That is well ahead of normal. According to a report that used MLB Advanced Media as a source, there is an average of 12 rain-outs per season in April, and April accounts for 37% of the seasons rain-outs. With 17 weather postponements this April, we beat that pace by 5.


(Royals and Rays Played 3 and 1/2 Innings Before Calling it. 4/2/13)


This is also the most Spring rain-outs since 2007 when there was 26 at this point; 10 days into May. Some people might think that most of the rain-outs occur on the east coast, but the graph below shows that it is actually a dead heat between the East coast and the Midwest. I broke the country up into NOAA's 6 Climate Regions, and listed the MLB rain-outs over the last 10 years. Out of the 155 rain-outs occurring on or before May 10th, there were 68 in the Midwestern region and 63 in the Northeast. Add in the 5 in Atlanta, and it's 68 to 68.



That makes 2013 the second wettest baseball season in the past decade, and the 6th time that most of the rain-outs occurred in the Midwestern region. At least up to May 10th. Oakland Coliseum and Dodger Stadium are the only open air stadiums not to surrender a rain-out in the last decade. And despite 85% of the rain-outs occurring in either the Northeast or the Midwest, Milwaukee's Miller Park is the only stadium in those areas with a covered roof.

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  1. PcolaDan's Avatar
    FIRST!
  2. NavarreMark's Avatar
    FIRST!!!
  3. libgoon's Avatar
    Hey Welcome back !

    Nice blog . It sure has been Damp and cool winter spring this year!
  4. PcolaDan's Avatar
    And this may be the best gauge of weather patterns ever.
  5. NavarreMark's Avatar
    DAGNABIT!!!

    I'm banning myself until I post again.
  6. NavarreMark's Avatar
    Good to see ya back CR.

    An excellent concept no doubt. I see that you've researched it well.

    Brilliant!
  7. StAugustineFL's Avatar
    Ah, the Royals, they're my boys having spent a good chunk of my earlier years in central Missouri. They may have a fair shot at contending this year. Off to a fair start at 18-14 although they've slipped a bit the past week.

    The rainouts have been driving me nuts - more so from losing games played in a fantasy baseball money league, lol But, they'll be made up sooner or later if they haven't already.
  8. libgoon's Avatar
    OMG ...How did I miss that

    Dan Reported

    Mark Reported for fake first!!
  9. PcolaDan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by libgoon
    OMG ...How did I miss that
    It's baseball. We understand.
  10. libgoon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PcolaDan
    It's baseball. We understand.
    Actually quite like Baseball it does be on ESPN but I haven't got a favourite... I understand it more than your football ...
  11. P451's Avatar
    Sounds like a Main X blog post.

    "That makes 2013 the second wettest baseball season in the past decade, and the 6th time that most of the rain-outs occurred in the Midwestern region. At least up to May 10th. Oakland Coliseum and Dodger Stadium are the only open air stadiums not to surrender a rain-out in the last decade. And despite 85% of the rain-outs occurring in either the Northeast or the Midwest, Milwaukee's Miller Park is the only stadium in those areas with a covered roof."


    This is the 6th week of the 22nd year that tomatoes grew over 2" in the first 10 days of the 27th century of the warmest month of the coldest week in the 65th time since... Ah to hell with it, look we're all going to die and its all your fault, you and your automobiles and such, just send huge money order to Dr. Jeff Masters.
  12. aqua's Avatar
    Why don't they just play in the rain?

    I like playing in the rain.
  13. CRepp28's Avatar
    Ha. I feel ya St Aug, I still bleed Royal blue from all my years working in Wichita.
  14. Tulsahurrcane's Avatar
    LAST!!! Just kidding...but i was too late to be FIRST
  15. aqua's Avatar
    NO, I'm Last!!

    until someone ELSE is last, then I will be the Second last of three lasts if and ONLY IF there is not a fourth
    last. (falls over something- HEY- who tossed the hockey stick at me?)

    T! hi T, let me know when you get the ziploc baggies- make sure you open them .
  16. Cos's Avatar
    Great idea.
    Now I'm really scared.
    Just last year we had Tarpocalypse.
    .

    .
    .
    And it's only going to get worse.
    Updated 05-11-2013 at 11:31 PM by Cos
  17. StAugustineFL's Avatar
    Wise man CRepp. Speaking of Wichita, I played for the Wichita Bronco's for a spell in the early 90's. Jayhawk League baseball.

    I don't think I've seen that video before Cos. Pretty crazy with the flags whipping and the rain coming down in sheets under the stadium lighting. As you said, it's only going to get worse. Welcome to the new normal.
  18. PcolaDan's Avatar
    At some point you have to figure - "the hell with the tarp, let's get those people out of there and run for shelter".
  19. CRepp28's Avatar
    Wow. I've never seen that one either. The Slammers got Slammed.
    Hey that's cool St. Aug. I know that league. Did U ever play with Lance Berkman?
  20. InTheCone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CRepp28
    Wow. I've never seen that one either. The Slammers got Slammed.
    Hey that's cool St. Aug. I know that league. Did U ever play with Lance Berkman?
    Nice blog crepp! Grew up in St. Louis during the Gibson era, I probably watch well over a hundred games a year.

    Going to be quite a hurricane season and I am looking forward to your input.
  21. CRepp28's Avatar
    I'm right there with ya. With MLB TV, I catch about a 100 myself. I'll watch every pitch while the sat loops refresh on my laptop. Oddly enough I'm moving away from the tropics this year, but I'm real geeked for the season. Lets have some fun
  22. StAugustineFL's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CRepp28
    Wow. I've never seen that one either. The Slammers got Slammed.
    Hey that's cool St. Aug. I know that league. Did U ever play with Lance Berkman?
    Berkman was a little after my time. I'm 41 now and played for them during the summer of 91 or 92 - can't remember which one. From our squad, Doug Mirabelli (Wichita St) went on to play in the bigs and Jeff Berblinger (Kansas) had a cup of coffee with the Cards. Jeff could run like the wind. The fastest guy on the base paths I ever played with.
  23. InTheCone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StAugustineFL
    Berkman was a little after my time. I'm 41 now and played for them during the summer of 91 or 92 - can't remember which one. From our squad, Doug Mirabelli (Wichita St) went on to play in the bigs and Jeff Berblinger (Kansas) had a cup of coffee with the Cards. Jeff could run like the wind. The fastest guy on the base paths I ever played with.
    I remember Mirabelli very well - especially from his time in Boston catching Wakefield. Don't remember Berblinger with the Cards. Berkman has had one terrific career, hall of fame will be in his future.
  24. StAugustineFL's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by InTheCone
    I remember Mirabelli very well - especially from his time in Boston catching Wakefield. Don't remember Berblinger with the Cards. Berkman has had one terrific career, hall of fame will be in his future.
    Berblinger got a late call up and only had 5 AB's. After that, he never made it back.

    I remember a story Berkman shared on the Jim Rome show during his days at Rice. Apparently it was an extremely windy day and the opponent drilled a liner into the right field corner. Berkman retrieved the ball and when attempting to hit the cut-off man, a baggy flew into the line of fire and the ball went into the bag and dropped to the ground while the batter circled the bases for an inside the park homer. It was funny the way he told the story.
  25. InTheCone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StAugustineFL
    Berblinger got a late call up and only had 5 AB's. After that, he never made it back.

    I remember a story Berkman shared on the Jim Rome show during his days at Rice. Apparently it was an extremely windy day and the opponent drilled a liner into the right field corner. Berkman retrieved the ball and when attempting to hit the cut-off man, a baggy flew into the line of fire and the ball went into the bag and dropped to the ground while the batter circled the bases for an inside the park homer. It was funny the way he told the story.
    He seems like a great guy, he just killed the Cards when an Astro, but I certainly enjoyed him while he was a Cardinal!
  26. PrivateIdaho's Avatar
    ....last!!
  27. Tulsahurrcane's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PrivateIdaho
    ....last!!
    not so much potatohead! I'm last!! just part of Tulsa Late Night!!
  28. Tulsahurrcane's Avatar
    I just realized I posted after Midnight...and the "LAST" award goes to Mr. potatoehead....my bad
    Updated 05-25-2013 at 05:39 AM by Tulsahurrcane
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