When baseball teams shell out hundreds of millions of dollars (or, more accurately, get taxpayers to shell out hundreds of millions of dollars) to put retractable roofs on their stadiums, the expectation is that they will be used when appropriate.
Marlins Park has a roof. The team didn't close it. The game was delayed by rain.
The rain is pouring at Marlins Park. Which has a roof. Which is open.— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) April 6, 2015
marlins are in rain delay because they forgot to close their retractable roof. i have no further comment on this.— Lana Berry (@Lana) April 6, 2015
To make matters worse, the Marlins were unprepared for a rain delay because, you know, they shouldn't have a rain delay.
Marlins don't have rain tarp because they didn't think they would need one with a roof, except that roof has to be closed for that to matter— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) April 6, 2015
After 16 minutes, they managed to close the roof and get the game started again.
Marlins say they have no explanation as of yet for why roof wasn't closed sooner. Roof now closed, play resuming after 16-minute rain delay.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 6, 2015
So much for MLB's added emphasis on the pace of play.
- Dan Gartland