On The Fence
Bobby Leach "The Rooster" | 3/25/2015, 9:30 p.m.
Typical of an early spring season, weather has wreaked havoc on baseball and softball schedules locally again this year leading me back to the question of why does the season starts so soon? It would seem logical to start the season later in the year and run through the month of June to wrap up seasons with the idea that the later start would actually help teams play a complete schedule and in my opinion a little more fairly.
With games being cancelled due to field conditions, that often means a future double header on the schedule or at the very least an extra game squeezed in between schedules to try and make up the game. While this is typical of most baseball and softball seasons, the foul weather effect might be lessened if the season started in mid April when warmer temps help dry out soggy fields.
Squeezing games also squeezes bull pens which can create an unexpected advantage to a team that has fresh arms or multiple aces on their roster to start on the mound. With pitching limits in terms of how many innings a hurler can toss, many times it means sitting your best in what could be a pivotal game.
I'm not a doctor but it sounds logical that warmer temps also could help reduce injuries related to stretching out and keeping the muscles warm. Regardless maybe the biggest reason to start the season later personally is that there are fewer days as a reporter fighting hand numbness while jotting down notes and snapping photos.
Even if the season were to be pushed to the middle of April, I am quite certain we will still have a number of cold and wet days to contend with just not as many and if we can save even a couple games a season from being rescheduled due to cold and wet conditions it would be worth the conversation.