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The Mariners and Athletics were postponed last night due to poor field conditions

Apr 5, 2014, 10:18 AM EDT


Weird stuff happening at O.Co Coliseum? Well, I’ll be.

The Mariners and Athletics were postponed at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland last night despite nothing but blue skies. While it was an odd sight, the decision was made because the infield just wasn’t safe enough to play on. In fact, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon told Greg Johns of that it was “probably the worst conditions I’ve seen in all my years in baseball.”

The infield was in poor shape because it was not covered by a tarp during a rainstorm Thursday night into Friday morning. According to Athletics vice president of stadium operations David Rinetti, they weren’t expecting as much rain as they ended up getting and they simply failed to get the field ready in time.

“We had information last night that there was going to be a break in the storm,” Rinetti said. “And because of that, we wanted to use that opportunity to help dry out the field. Unfortunately we were wrong on the amount of rain, and we got about a third of an inch of rain last night. We did not have the tarp on the field.

“We got here this morning, the infield was under water, and we did everything possible starting at 7 a.m. to get the field ready for tonight,” he said. “Our grounds crew worked tirelessly to get the field ready, and unfortunately, after we met with the managers and the umpires, it was deemed that the field was not going to be ready to play on tonight.”

The hope is that the field will be playable by 4:05 p.m. ET this afternoon.

  1. dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    IT’S A TARP!

  2. vanindeed - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Tarps cost money

  3. jmbic - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    It didn’t rain. The sewage started seeping up through the infield.

    • clydeserra - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      sewer jokes aside (I am very tired of them, unless you come up with something original, just let it go), the stadium is 22 feet below sea level and I am guessing the water table is full after the weeks rain. So yeah, likely ground water is the problem

  4. nsstlfan - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Every team already has tarps. You just have to be smart enough to use them.

    • scatterbrian - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      They do use tarps. Clearly you don’t understand what a pain in the ass it is to disconnect the cabling from the third deck and haul the tarps down to the field?

      • clydeserra - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM


  5. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Somebody’s gonna get fired for this one.

    • hcf95688 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM


  6. rhannah78 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I will be so glad if/when the A’s get a new stadium be it in Oakland or somewhere else. That place is an absolute dump!

    • 4d3fect - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      You mean sewer, don’t you?

  7. spytdi - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    The greenskeeper actually wanted to use the tarp, but the owner was using it to cover his marijuana field outside the stadium. No one actually knows about the large field of “crops” because no one attends the game or the smell of sewage masks the remaining smell. The owner has it all figured out. Green collar baseball.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      If he’s doing light deprivation he would need more than a tarp.

    • anxovies - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      Dumb is not equivalent to funny.

  8. beastmode5150 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM


  9. chiadam - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Bud should put together a committee to spend the next six years determining when a tarp should be put on the infield.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      FF 6 years: Committee decides each manager can request a tarp covering once per game, but the umpires cannot ask for the tarp until the 7th inning.

  10. coffeeblack95616 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    It’s Oakland. Would you expect anything else?

  11. lolnfl - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    it’s laughable that the a’s didn’t forfeit

  12. hcf95688 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    I can see how this can happen. Theres been an unusual amount of heavy rain in the Bay Area in the past week or so. The Coli’s field sits 20+ feet below sea level. The field will not dry while covered. Forecasts called for clear skies overnight, so the decision was made to leave the field uncovered. All this is understandable. They rolled the dice and a fluke rainstorm blows through….and not just a rainstorm but a heavy storm. Too bad for the groundskeeper who is usually applauded for having a tremendous playing field by people that know the difference.

  13. jwbiii - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:20 PM doesn’t drain very well, either. If you remember the 1973 World Series, a game was pushed back a day and the field was still a mess when they played the next day.

    • jwbiii - Apr 5, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      Neither the A’s nor the Mariners game stories on mentioned sloppy field conditions, so it either wasn’t an issue or they chose not to mention it.

  14. spudchukar - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Forfeit! 9-0 Mariners. And I’m not joking. The home team is responsible. What prevents teams from doing this on purpose, taking advantage of the schedule, an ace coming off the DL, a day later, and lots of other possibilities.

    • clydeserra - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      right, the A’s would rather not face chris young and instead get Walker or Iwakuma later in the season.

      that’s the plan

    • clydeserra - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      also, I think the home team controls a rainout before the all star break. after that its the umpires.

      It happened 2 or three years ago to the A’s in detroit, game was call with no rain in sight and none came. I do think the Tigers were gaming it to not be forced to have dontrell willis pitch or something

      • spudchukar - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        But your thinking is skewed here. If the home team controls the start, they have to be responsible to preserve the field. Unlike those who suggest the A’s did this because of the advantage, I am only talking principle because it could be used to somebody’s advantage, not that the A’s did this on purpose, but on purpose or not they still have to be responsible for the field or it opens a Pandora’s Box.

      • clydeserra - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Not my logic:

        (a) The manager of the home team shall be the sole judge as to whether a game shall be started because of unsuitable weather conditions or the unfit condition of the playing field, except for the second game of a doubleheader. EXCEPTION: Any league may permanently authorize its president to suspend the application of this rule as to that league during the closing weeks of its championship season in order to assure that the championship is decided each year on its merits. When the postponement of, and possible failure to play, a game in the final series of a championship season between any two teams might affect the final standing of any club in the league, the president, on appeal from any league club, may assume the authority granted the home team manager by this rule.
        (b) The umpire-in-chief of the first game shall be the sole judge as to whether the second game of a doubleheader shall not be started because of unsuitable weather conditions or the unfit condition of the playing field.
        (c) The umpire-in-chief shall be the sole judge as to whether and when play shall be suspended during a game because of unsuitable weather conditions or the unfit condition of the playing field; as to whether and when the play shall be resumed after such suspension; and as to whether and when a game shall be terminated after such suspension. He shall not call the game until at least thirty minutes after he has suspended play. He may continue the suspension as long as he believes there is any chance to resume play.”

      • spudchukar - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        I still don’t think you are “hearing” me. The forfeit comes because the A’s didn’t protect the field. That is their duty. A precedent has to be established. MLB can’t be the judge of the rationale for not protecting the field, just whether it is protected or not. Again, I’m not suggesting the A’s employed purposeful neglect, just neglect, cause who knows when it is purposeful or not, and it matters not whether it is early or late in the season.

      • clydeserra - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Ah, yeah, I get your point.

        Sounds like the A’s were acting in good faith, thinking the field would dry out better with the tarp off. I am not opposed per se to your suggestion, if the club is acting maliciously. but not because of something like this.

      • spudchukar - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        Perhaps a two strikes and your out policy. One warning a year or something like that, but MLB should address this because it is easy to see how a team could abuse the rule to their advantage.

        And I doubt if the A’s did this intentionally, but if a forfeit is too severe, some re-scheduling option should be awarded to Seattle cause it sure wasn’t their fault.

      • clydeserra - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        Mariners should get all the gate from the make up.

        That’ll pay for a Cano ab or two.

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  17. benihanagt - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Oakland plays a double header on Wednesday. They play a 12 inning game on Thursday. Their bullpen is completely shot and it just so happens that they had bad “intel” on weather and didn’t tarp the field? Uh huh….

    • clydeserra - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      chris young was scheduled for the mariners. Not a game you throw in the towel for. They had 2 relievers not pitch thursday and 2 that would be ready to pitch friday.

  18. Robert - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Portland A’s 2015.

  19. raysfan1 - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Somehow this is Yasiel Puig’s fault.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Wow, you’re letting President Obama off pretty easily on this one.

      • infieldhit - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        I’m sure there’s a TARP joke here somewhere, but it’s probably not any good.

  20. zdravit - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    They don’t even care anymore. The team is gone.

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