High breezes, snow, downpour and temperatures during the 30s delayed Sunday’s Angels-Cubs series finale at Wrigley Field.
A makeup date has not been declared.
Planning a makeup date will be more troublesome than expected as a result of an absence of shared off days.
The two groups are off on April 29, however the Cubs are on a western excursion that would drive them to go from Phoenix to Chicago for one day before traveling to Seattle for a two-diversion series against the Mariners. The only other off day that makes sense would be Aug. 26, a group source said. The Cubs would be home, however the Angels would go from Houston to Chicago for one day before flying home to Anaheim.
This is one reason MLB shouldn’t plan interleague amusements in April in chilly climate cities.
“Sometimes people ask me what’s the hardest part of working in baseball,” Cubs President Theo Epstein said at the Cubs Convention. “I always say ‘the rain.’ It is so hard. It’s a number of people involved. Maybe a half-dozen people, trying to make those kinds of decisions, factoring in the integrity of the game and logistics and of course the fans and their experience.
“We used to call it the brain trust. And we’ve had so many difficult outcomes, now we call it the rain trust.”
The Cubs’ “rain trust” went to a choice before fans wandered out to the ballpark.
The park was shut to media and fans. The players were required to arrive later for the flight to Miami.
Angels manager Brad Ausmus, who commended his 50th birthday celebration Sunday, said Saturday he was trusting they would delay the amusement, including it had “nothing to do with my birthday.” Ausmus imagined spending “the entire day playing cards, waiting for them to restart the game.”
The Cubs will skip Tyler Chatwood in the rotation and begin Yu Darvish, Jose Quintana and Cole Hamels in the three-game series against the Marlins in Miami beginning Monday.
With up and coming days off next Thursday and April 22, the Cubs will run with a four-man rotation through April 27, or at whatever point Jon Lester comes back from the harmed list.
The Cubs completed their first homestand with a 3-2 record and dwell in last-place in the NL Central.
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