Let’s all do a rain dance for squeeze week

This week in baseball all 30 teams play on all 7 days, Mon – Sun, a scheduling oddity known as squeeze week.  There are no scheduled off days for any team in either the American or National Leagues.  Honestly, it means nothing to most people.  Fantasy team owners will be happy to know they won’t have any days with empty roster spots, and die hard fans will be thrilled to be able to watch their team every night.  Other than that, it’s meaningless.

It is, however, happening at terrible time, a time when the weather is not cooperating.  This year has been dubbed the year of the pitcher, but it’s also been very much the year of the rain out.  Weather related issues have forced many games to be postponed – 26 so far – and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change any time soon.  Horrible storms and possibly tornadoes are expected to hammer much of the midwest today and tomorrow – reaching as far east as Pennsylvania and as far south as Texas.  Being squeeze week, every team can potentially be affected by this, and with no days off there are less opportunities to make up games before get-away-day.

Rain outs are normal and every year there are plenty, but this season seems to be drowning in them.  So far we’ve had 26, and it’s only the middle of May!  Many of these games have already been replayed, but some teams have double headers scheduled in July and August or have lost a scheduled day off for make up games.  The real problem that we’re facing here is that come September some teams could be forced to bring up a guy from Triple A to pitch in a double header during a pennant race!  How much would that suck?

Total number of rain outs per year:
2007          39
2008          40
2009          37
2010          21
2011*        26
*Through Sunday, May 15

If this doesn’t stop, we may have the first ever Thanksgiving World Series due to a months worth of make up games.  So, I propose a league wide rain dance to chase away these storms so our boys can roll up the tarps and get back to playing ball.


11 Comments on “Let’s all do a rain dance for squeeze week”

  1. Joe says:

    Out of the years you have shown, we are still below average. Pointless

    • Tiss says:

      Well no, you’re not really right. If we finish the season with 26, then yes we are well below average. But it’s May. All of the years that I mentioned are full season totals. For 2011, we’re around a quarter of the way through the season and already have more than half of the rainouts of the previous years. So actually – if you do the math accurately, we’re on pace this season to have 104 rainouts for 2011. (I included the 2 rainouts from today in my calculations…28 rainouts in 7 weeks = 104 in 26 weeks) That is obviously unlikely, especially since spring is the heaviest time for rain, and due to the random sparacity of game locations. But to have 26 already and barely be 7 weeks into a full season is hardly below average. Thanks for playing.

      • Joe says:

        Well make it clear next time that those are “full season totals,” which obviously you did not clarify!


      • Tiss says:

        They’re listed as Total number of rainouts per year. I apologize if that wasn’t specific enough! 🙂 Hope you enjoy my other ramblings more than this one!

  2. Joe says:

    We should go to a game sometime, because
    Joe<———- Knows Baseball

  3. Joe says:


    Joe Strauss
    @JoeStrauss state of frustration
    Cardinals beat writer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Into pitching duels, hold ’em, cobalt Mustangs, betting the rail, O’Brycki’s and window seatshttp://www.stltoday.com/sports

  4. Hova says:

    Thanks so much for all the goodies!! We all miss you already!!

    • Tiss says:

      Awwww thanks! I miss you guys, too! (I fully expect frequent comments – oh and ur going down in fantasy this week! SHUT OUT ALREADY! jajajaja)
      We’ll go to a game or something soon! 🙂

      • Hova says:

        Yeah we def need to! Won’t be the same around here! I was trying to get Pence but Chopper got him first! Pissed!! I am not losing to that hot avatar!!! LOL!!

      • Tiss says:

        Jaja yes, you ARE losing to this hot avatar (which looks just like me jajaja) check the scoreboard!

      • Hova says:

        Oh yeah thanks for the jajajaj’s and the helen keller magnet! And can of soup! I guess it does look a lot like you!!

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