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Rain delays at Yankee Stadium in 2011 match worst season at Sun Life Stadium; postponements more prevalent in New York

Play free association with Sun Life Stadium and baseball, and the first response is sure to be, “rain delay.”

Here, then, is a surprise. When the Yankees-Tigers Game 1 of the American League Division Series was halted and ultimately postponed by rain Friday, it marked the 22nd time this season that a game at Yankee Stadium was interrupted by rain. Nine of those games were postponed.

The most rain delays in the Marlins’ 19 seasons at Sun Life Stadium were 22, in 2009. Four of those games were postponed. Next most was 16, in 2005 and 1999.

The Marlins also had four games postponed in 2004, three of them due to Hurricane Frances. There were five postponements in 2001, but three of them were due to the 9/11 tragedy.

With the Marlins moving into a new ballpark with a retractable in 2012, there will never again be a scene with baseball in South Florida like the one Friday in New York when fans were huddled with plastic bags over their heads, pitchers slipping on their follow through and water pooling in the dugouts.

For everyone who has suffered through a soupy night at Sun Life, it was amusing to watch Yankees manager Joe Girardi, the former Marlins skipper, fielding questions from a New York media that wanted to know if anything could have been done to avert the unfortunate situation with the weather.

“What are you going to do?” Girardi said. “It’s too late to put a roof on it.”

For the record, there were 200 rain delays at Sun Life Stadium, an average of 10.5 per season. They totaled 198 hours, 42 minutes.

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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