Fans waited for hours until MLB officially announced that Monday's Guardians vs. Yankees game was a rainout. Oct 17, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees fans react after it was announced that game five of the ALDS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs against the Cleveland Guardians was postponed for tomorrow at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The fifth and decisive game in the American League Division Series between the Cleveland Guardians and New York Yankees was supposed to be played on Monday. Mother nature, though, had other ideas.

At 6:21 p.m. ET it was announced on the verified “MLB Communications” announced on Twitter that the game would be delayed. At 9:36 p.m. ET, the same feed announced that the game would be postponed until Tuesday afternoon. In the more than three hours in between, there were no updates from that page, MLB’s official Twitter account, or the accounts of either the Guardians or Yankees.

Fans spent hours at Yankee Stadium. Many no doubt spent money on concessions. Aside from that, fans spent hours at the stadium on a weekday, which will certainly throw a wrench into school and work plans on Tuesday, for a game that was never even played. Naturally, baseball fans were upset.

Per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, Chris Marinak, MLB’s Chief Operations and Strategy Officer, later issued a statement.

In it, he said (among other things) that “To have fans, players come to the ballpark and then ultimately not get to see a game, that’s obviously the worst outcome from our standpoint. Clearly, if we had a forecast that indicated that this was the rangewe were going to get, we would have made a decision earlier in the evening to just postpone the game and take a run at it tomorrow.”

Adler later clarified that some of the grammatical issues, like “hame” instead of “game,” were hers, as the statement was read to her over the phone and she was typing and walking.

Unfortuntaely for MLB, this statement was widely panned for several other reasons.

Making matters worse is that not long after the game was called, the skies cleared.

Obviously, MLB has no control over the weather. And while rainouts are frustrating, they are a part of the game, particularly in open air stadiums.

That said, this was handled horribly. And to act as though MLB didn’t have access to a readily accessible weather forecast is either disingenuous, a sign of incompetence or some combination of the two.

MLB would do well to figure out some way to make it up to the fans who were inconvenienced by what happened on Monday. Maybe that’s a free hot dog and soda on Tuesday, complimentary tickets to a game next season or something else entirely. Whatever it is, some sort of olive branch should be extended.

[Lindsey Adler, Bryan Hoch]

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