UPDATED: Rating April since 2003
This post originally appeared on April 29, 2011 as a response to an insane number of rainouts. I did not update it in 2012 because, there was just one postponement during all of April, 2012.
The only change I have made to this post is the removal of Perry, the Postponement Penguin. I’ve can’t afford to pay him residuals on this.
Now, after another postponement on April 19, I am compelled to update. 2012 and 2013 are at the bottom of the post.
There have been so many tweets and emails and questions and ahhhh….let me do the math since I have nothing else to do tonight. I have been announcing for the Timber Rattlers since 2000. I have been full time with the team since 2003. Let’s use 2003 as a baseline since that was the gold standard for bad weather in April that I can remember.
I had a little time on my hand and came up with a rating system. Don’t be scared. This is what happens when you take baseball away from me.
April Postponements in Timber Rattlers History:
2003 April Postponements: Overall: 7; Home: 6
April 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8*, & 30
April 3-6 was a four game series at home against Beloit. April 7 and 8 was a series with Clinton. However, the Rattlers front office talked to the LumberKings and the Midwest League and that game on the eighth was actually moved to a league wide off day on April 10. I guess I can count it as a postponement. The April 30 game was the final game of a series at Clinton.
2004 April Postponements: Overall: 1; Home: 1
The first game of a series with the Burlington Bees at home was rained out. That was it.
2005 April Postponements: Overall: 0; Home: 0
The first rainout of the 2005 season was on July 25. The Rattlers played just two doubleheaders that season. One was a scheduled Day-Night DH on June 6 as a certain QB hosted his charity softball game on June 5. The other was a makeup of the July 25 rainout on July 27.
2006 April Postponements: Overall: 1; Home: 1
April 30 in a game against West Michigan. Seriously, it couldn’t hold off one more day?
2007 April Postponements: Overall: 5; Home 5
April 6, 7, 9, 11, & 12
The season opened on April 5 in 30 something weather. That would have been a postponement, too. Had it not also been the first game Ryne Sandberg managed. The games on the 6th and 7th against the Chiefs were colded out. April 8th was a scheduled off day. Clinton came in on April 9 and got rained out. The teams actually got a doubleheader in on April 10, but the next two games were called off due to snow…I’d say “Seriously?” but, it snowed on April 19 this year.
2008 April Postponements: Overall: 7; Home: 6
April 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, & 25
April 3 was opening night and it was in Quad Cities. The Rattlers home opener against Clinton was played on April 7. BUT, April 8-10 against Clinton was either rained or snowed out. Dayton came up to play on April 11, but the field still had ice and snow. April 12 also had too wet. The only reason the doubleheader against the Dragons was played on April 13 was because the Rattlers front office brought in a helicopter to dry out the field. Yes. Seriously. There’s a picture somewhere in the files. I’ll dig it up later. April 25 was a game against Beloit on a Friday night.
2009 April Postponements: Overall: 3; Home: 1
April 19, 21, & 26
April 19 was a Sunday in Clinton. April 21 was a Tuesday at home against Peoria. April 26 was a Sunday afternoon at Quad Cities
2010 April Postponements: Overall: 3; Home 2
April 8, 25, 30
April 8 was the famous snow out on Opening Night at Time Warner Cable Field. April 25 was a Sunday at home with the Beloit Snappers. April 30 was later in that same week at Beloit.
2011 April Postponements: Overall: 8; Home 6
April 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 28
And it ain’t over yet.
2012 April Postponements: Overall: 1; Home 1
2013 April Postponements: Overall 8; Home: 5
Home: April 9, 10, 11, 12, & 14. Away: April 17, 18, & 19.
And it ain’t over yet.