Joe Girardi unhappy with MLB scheduling after second straight rainout in Cleveland

04/12/2013 12:09 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The Yankees and Indians were rained out for two consecutive nights.(AP)
The final two games of the Yankees-Indians series in Cleveland were rained out Wednesday and Thursday, cutting what was the Bombers’ only scheduled trip there this season in half.

While many were obviously upset about the back-to-back cancellations, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was not shy Thursday night about expressing his displeasure with MLB’s schedule makers and their April decisions.

“I don’t think you can come to cold-weather cities (in April) if you’re only going to go there once,” Girardi said. “I think you’ve got to stay within your division first.”

The Yankees’ first road trip of the season took them to a pair of cities, Detroit and Cleveland, that are both north of New York City in latitude and also situated on the banks of the Great Lakes, meaning unpredictable (and sometimes even snowy) weather patterns.

However, while the forecast for Cleveland included rain throughout the days on Wednesday and Thursday, Girardi said there were other ways to combat potential inclement weather early in the season that the schedulers might need to look into expanding upon going forward.

“I know teams want night games, and I understand that,” Girardi said, “but if you would have had a day game today (Thursday), it gives you a longer window to play.”

“Everybody was looking at the radar for a window,” added scheduled Thursday starter Phil Hughes, who along with Ivan Nova had their second starts postponed and eventually pushed back to next week entirely so Girardi could keep CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Andy Pettitte on schedule for this weekend’s set against Baltimore in the Bronx.

No make-up date has been announced as of yet for the two rainouts, but the teams do have a mutual off-day on May 13; the Yankees could head to Cleveland for a doubleheader that day on their way back to the Bronx from Kansas City while the Indians would make a quick trip home between series in Detroit and Philadelphia, and while that’s certainly less than ideal, Girardi said that “I don’t think there’s anything else you can do.”

In making the comments, Girardi may have ended up speaking not only for himself, but potentially his team’s cross-town rivals as well. The Mets finished up a series in Philadelphia on Wednesday, where an unseasonably-warm weather pattern brought the high temperature to 87 degrees, and are now headed to begin a three-game set with the Twins in Minnesota – where the weekend forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of snow showers Friday night, a 70 percent chance of rain throughout the day Sunday, and a high of no more than 42 at any point.

“I mean, it’s snowing in Minnesota and the Mets are there. I don’t know who can make the best snowman,” Girardi said.

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