Early start to season leaves MLB with options to deal with rash of postponements – ESPN

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As Major League Baseball endures one of its worst runs of weather in more than three decades, the historically early start to the 2018 season might turn out to be a blessing.

Scheduled matchups between the Red Sox and Orioles in Boston and the Cubs and Cardinals in Chicago on Monday became the 22nd and 23rd games to be postponed because of inclement weather this season, and Monday night’s game between the Blue Jays and Royals in Toronto is at risk because falling ice from the CN Tower has landed on the retractable roof at Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays’ home game Monday against the Royals has been postponed because of weather-related damage to the Rogers Centre roof, including a large hole created by falling ice from the nearby CN Tower.

Weather forces the postponement of six MLB games on Sunday, including Shohei Ohtani’s start with the Los Angeles Angels against the Kansas City Royals.

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Since MLB began keeping continuous track in 1986, the only season to endure more weather-related postponements in March and April was 2007, when 25 games were lost to inclement weather. With two weeks left in the month, MLB is on the verge of an ignominious meteorological standard.

The lone saving grace for baseball: The 2016 collective bargaining agreement increased the length of the season from 183 to 187 days to ease the physical burden on players. That extra wiggle room has allowed MLB’s schedule-makers to plug in postponed games later in the season with a minimum of havoc and stress.

“The fact that we started the year earlier gives us more off-days throughout the year, so there are a lot more options for us to make days up this year,” said Chris Marinak, MLB’s executive

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