Baseball’s extra-long offseason will last at least an extra day for some teams, with rain postponing Opening Day in the Bronx and Minnesota and threatening to delay it elsewhere.
Rain was already falling in New York on Wednesday, and worse weather was forecast for Thursday, prompting the Yankees to adjourn preemptively Thursday’s opener against the Boston Red Sox. The match between the rival teams will now be played on Friday, which was previously scheduled as a day off.
The new opener is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Friday and has the added benefit of giving the team an extra day to negotiate a contract extension with outfielder Aaron Judge. Judge, who can be a free agent after this season, said he won’t negotiate with the team once games start.
Elsewhere, the Minnesota Twins canceled Thursday’s opener against the Seattle Mariners due to rain also pushed that game to Friday. The postponement will delay the highly anticipated debut of Mariners prospect Julio Rodriguez, who Seattle previously announced would be on the team’s roster for Opening Day.
Opening day was originally scheduled for May 31, but was pushed back when Major League Baseball and the players’ union failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement by one of MLB’s self-imposed deadlines. . Commissioner Rob Manfred initially announced that the first week of play was canceled entirely, but after an agreement was reached between the two sides on March 10, opening day was set for April 7 for most teams. , with a full season of 162 games to go. by having fewer holidays and by scheduling double programs.
While no other games were rescheduled for Wednesday morning, the weather could potentially delay the Mets’ opener, which is a road game against the Washington Nationals, currently scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Thursday. Postponing this match would be more complicated as the teams are playing a four-game series and don’t have Friday as their scheduled day off. If Thursday’s match is postponed, another doubleheader would need to be added to the already compact schedule.