Shohei Ohtani's start postponed after MLB first planned to play through 30-degree weather – USA TODAY


Perhaps Angels catcher Martin Maldonado put it best, saying, ‘It’s impressive. We haven’t seen that before.’ USA TODAY Sports

Fans of Shohei Ohtani brave temperatures in the 30s Sunday in Kansas City before the game was postponed.(Photo: Steven Branscombe, USA TODAY Sports)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It could have been Major League Baseball’s worst nightmare, a calamity of epic proportions.

Instead, the folks at MLB mercifully changed their minds and preserved the greatest marketing commodity in the game.

MLB, after initially rejecting the Kansas City Royals’ request, postponed the Royals’ game Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Yes, the game Shohei Ohtani was scheduled to pitch.


Several players wondered aloud earlier in the day whether they had to play simply because Ohtani was scheduled to start for the Angels, in front of a national TV audience on Jackie Robinson Day.

Twenty-five minutes before Sho-hei Time, the show was cancelled, perhaps because Ohtani was pitching.

Can you imagine MLB trying to explain itself if Ohtani had injured himself pitching in the 35-degree weather with a 21-degree wind-chill?

“I was a little worried about pitching in the cold weather,’’ Ohtani conceded after the postponement. “I couldn’t feel my fingertips. I couldn’t feel the ball. It was a concern of mine.’’

So now Sunday Day Games with Shohei will turn to Tuesday Night games with Ohtani.

He’ll start Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium, and conceivably every Tuesday in the future, until, of course, their next game is cancelled because of weather.

There have already been 22 postponements this season — six alone on Sunday. It’s the second-most postponements has ever had through April since 2000, and the month is only

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