Maybe Angels catcher Martin Maldonado did the best and said, "It's impressive. We have not seen it before."
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. "It could have been Major League Baseball's worst nightmare, a disaster of epic proportions.
Instead, the people in MLB changed their mercy and retained the greatest marketing game in the game
MLB, after initially rejecting Kansas City Royale's request, shot Royals' game Sunday against Los Angeles Angels.
Yes, the game Shohei Ohtani was scheduled to throw.
Several players wondered much earlier in the day if they had to play just because Ohtani would start for the angels, in front of a national television audience on Jackie Robinson Day.
Twenty-five minutes before Shohei Time, the show was interrupted.
Can you imagine MLB trying to explain whether Ohtani had hurt in 35-degree weather with a 21-degree wind chill?
"I was a little worried about throwing in the cold weather," replied Ohtani after the launch. "I could not feel my fingertips. I could not feel the ball. It was a concern for me."
So now Sundays with Shohei come to Tuesday nights with Ohtani.
He starts Tuesday against Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium and possibly every Tuesday in the future, until of course, their next match is interrupted due to weather.
There have already been 22 launches this season – six alone on Sunday. It is the second largest launcher MLB Ever had through April since 2000 and the month is just half past.
The 22nd launch will rob Boston of its finest April tradition – Patriots Day game at Fenway Park, running simultaneously with Boston Marathon, the first such the launch since 1984.
"It's the subject of every press conference we've had except for two (games)", says Royal's manager Ned Yost. "It's cold. You are watching the game they had in Chicago (Saturday) with Atlanta, and it was bitter, bitterly cold there. & # 39; & # 39;
That led to Cubs boss Joe Maddon blasting MLB after his 14-10 win and said the game at Wrigley Field should never have played at just 38 degrees with a 28-degree wind chill at playtime and played in rain.
"It's not baseball weather," said Maddon. "The elements were terrible to play baseball. It's not beneficial.
" We do what we are being asked or told, but these were the worst elements I've ever experienced in a game. Ever. And I've been in some pretty bad things. "
The weather in Kansas City was expected to get a bit warmer than in Chicago, with the Cubs-Braves game postponed earlier in the day, but it's hardly beneficial for baseball when Angels All Star Star Mike Mike, with a black skidmask, joked that He wanted to draw a space heater in the midfield to keep warm.
"If there was no wind we would have played," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We played in 33-degree weather before. But the wind made it bitter.
"The MLB made the right decision."
The decision came just later than it should have after first denying Royal's effort to postpone it.
"We had internal discussions about it, and we talked about it with MLB," said Royals GM Dayton Moore, "but they made it very clear that if there is no rain or snow the game is playing. We are in a very unique and abnormal weather pattern. It's not fun for anyone. & # 39; & # 39;
Just ask Minnesota Twins, who had the entire weekend series with Chicago White Sox wiped out of snow and left them already with five launches in the first two weeks.
Certainly nobody blames anyone for the awesome ball of the baseball, but if the collective bargaining agreement was not bad enough for the players, they must now live with the union negotiating for four extra days of rest in season. MLB, trying to avoid playing games in November, followed by starting the season on March 29th.
Maybe a thanksgiving game would not be that bad.
If nothing else In the next CBA, it's time for the trade union and the MLB to negotiate weather conditions where games can be played. How about not starting games when the temperature is below 40 degrees? How about automatically stopping games when playing in rain? How about watching the fans who have to sit through the horrible weather?
Kansas City is a great city with a baseball story rich in its barbecue, but also on Jackie Robinson Day, with today's Babe Ruth On the pile, the royals said they had only sold 14,000 seats because of the weather and predicted a the crowd half that size even up.
Actually, several scouts and baseball leaders thought that the angels took an unnecessary risk by even letting Ohtani start.
Ohtani grew up in cold weather, living in the Oshu countryside, Japan, 300 kilometers north of Tokyo, but he does not remember ever having to hang out in this cold. In Japan, Nippon Ham Fighters pitching was their home game in Sapporo Dome. In his first two starts this season in Oakland and Anaheim, California, the temperature was at 66 and 73 degrees, respectively.
He did not even wear a jacket when he arrived at Angels clubhouse on Sunday, regardless of design to show he will not be scared or simply not aware that not every ballpark has the same weather as California.
"I do not think there would have been a problem if he hit", "Scioscia said." At some point, not only pots, but players, must play when the weather gets cold. Whether it's at the start of the season, the end of the season or the playoffs, you must be in a weather that is not very comfortable.
"I do not think there would have been a problem if he hit."
Thank you, we can never know, at least this season.
The angels do not travel to a cold weather town again until May 8th with a two day trip to Colorado, and they have no games again in the Midwest or East until the end of May.
Considering the 13-3 angels are best in franchise history, they may not need to handle the cold again until playoffs.
Maybe then and then we will know if the cold will have an effect on Ohtani.
For now, all we know is that it's the only thing that can stop him. ] Follow Nightengale on Twitter and Facebook