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Let's not worry about the weather at Target Field

Jan 7, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

Everyone’s favorite complaint heading into the 2010 season will be about how cold and rainy and icky it’s going to be in Target Field and why oh why they didn’t put a roof on the joint.

Baseball Daily Digest’s Joe Hamrahi throws cold water on that talk, however, noting that of all of the cold weather major league cities where parks lack roofs, Minnesota’s average daily temperature in April is only two degrees lower than Denver and Detroit, and three degrees colder than Boston, Chicago and Cleveland.  As for rain: Minneapolis has an average of ten rainy days each April, fewer than any city but Denver.

I suppose it’s possible that Joe Mauer will be put on the DL after being triple dog dared to stick his tongue on a frozen Target Field flag pole or something, but ultimately I think they’ll be just fine.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 7, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    I agree, Craig. And it’s going to be great fun standing in line for a urinal when the guy in front of you beer farts and it drops on your foot and fractures the toes you haven’t already lost to frostbite.

  2. palehose67 - Jan 7, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Anything that puts an end to the TwinkieDome is a good thing. Seriously, even watching games at that place on TV was depressing. The Twins fans (of which I am NOT one) deserved better, and now they will have it.

  3. lar @ wezen-ball - Jan 7, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    I agree, Craig, that we’re making too big of a deal about it. Everyone will survive just fine.
    I have to wonder, though, what the average temp is at gametime in Minneapolis in April as opposed to other cities? It’s really far north and in a much colder climate than Seattle (the only big league town more northern than MN), so the 7pm weather might be quite a bit colder than the 7pm weather in other cities. But maybe I’m wrong.
    I just wonder why cities like Minneapolis and Detroit couldn’t build Safeco-like retractable roofs (Cleveland built theirs a little too early). If you don’t like the big roof in Milwaukee, I can understand that – you can’t get away from it. But in Seattle, you don’t even know that there’s a roof on the building until it’s needed (same in AZ and HOU, I imagine). That’s what Minnesota should’ve done if they wanted open-air games. It really is nice never having to worry about if the game will be played…

  4. ralf - Jan 7, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    There’s no roof on Target Field because it would’ve cost another $100 mil. The battle to build the new park was so long and contentious that nobody wanted to fight too hard for the roof and lose the progress that had been made towards getting a new park at all.
    Remember the Simpsons episode where the two aliens run for president? “A roof on the stadium every day! “BOO!” “No roof on the stadium, ever!” “BOO!” “A roof on the stadium some of the time, and more taxpayer money for billionaires all the time!” “YAY!”

  5. D-Luxxx - Jan 7, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Everybody seems to forget that Minnesota had to pull some interesting deals to even get a stadium for the Twins. This isn’t state funded, it is county funded through Hennepin county. The taxpayers balked at ponying up the money and so they had to work with what they had. No roof due to no money. Sad but true.

  6. Bill@TDS - Jan 7, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    That was purely a cost issue. Adding a roof would’ve added some untold millions to a budget a lot of Minnesotans were already having trouble swallowing.
    I’ve pretty much always felt this handwringing was a little silly. I grew up (and played HS baseball starting late March) in Minnesota. I live in Chicago and have been to White Sox games in mid April. If they can do it here, they can do it there. It’ll be terribly uncomfortable a couple times a year, but that’s the case for April games in many (maybe even most) cities. And for Ranger games in August.
    As for the 7pm thing, lar- if you look at the schedule (it’s been a while since I did), I think they scheduled almost all of the April home games (and there aren’t all that many anyway) in the afternoon. They’re on top of it.

  7. lar @ wezen-ball - Jan 7, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    I understand the cost issues and the politics issues involved. It makes sense, I suppose. I guess I just think that they could’ve found a way to make it work financially if they wanted (more money from the owners’ pockets, a different design, etc).
    And maybe I’m just naive, but wasn’t it only 10 yrs ago that these parks could be built for ~$200-250 million? How did they double in price so quickly? Do we blame HOK for upping their rates?
    You’re right, though, Bill: it’s not going to be any worse than a dozen other cities in April, so we should all just shut-up about it.

  8. Jeff Lewis - Jan 7, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    I love baseball and all, but these stadium shenanigans just make me sick. What was the profit margin for all of MLB? And they need to extort taxpayer money to pay for stadiums by telling a tired lie that stadiums actually bring revenue into the city.
    I’m a fan of baseball, but that sure as hell doesn’t give me a right to force other non-fans (taxpayers) to pay for my entertainment.

  9. shthar - Jan 7, 2010 at 6:08 PM

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  10. The D - Jan 8, 2010 at 3:25 AM

    People go to football games when its 5 degrees and snowing.
    I went to a 30 degree, snowy, rainy Opening Day in Cincinnati two years ago. I wore my Reds hoodie and my Reds pajama pants. It was awesome. Quit being sissies.

  11. Old Gator - Jan 8, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Got frigid air, got frostbite, let’s play two!
    Nothing like sitting in the bleachers on a January day in April, tanning in the albedo, sucking on a beersicle while pneumonia advances through your lungs one alveola at a time, pegged to the elegant rythms of the game. Who’s a goddamned wimp?

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