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Baseball Rain Delay Rules

A rain delay in baseball is when a game is delayed or canceled due to inclement weather. Baseball is a sport that needs clear conditions. A wet field can be dangerous for players to run on and make gameplay difficult. A delay can be called before a game with the start time pushed back or during the game with an indeterminate break in play.

In Major League Baseball, there is no set wait time for rain delays. Furthermore, rain delays have many nicknames both in and out of baseball and around the world. Common nicknames for rain delays include "rainout," "washout," and "rain stopped delay."

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Rain Delay Rules For 2020 MLB Season

The 2020 MLB season, a new rain delay rule was introduced. If there is torrential rain that impacts a game before it is deemed "official" by the umpires, the game is not rained out. Instead, the game is suspended. All statistics that happen in this game count. The game is continued on a different day when both teams are able to play. This rule is only in place for the 2020 MLB season.

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Kinds of Weather Delays In Baseball

Here are the other kinds of weather delays that can happen in baseball.

  • Lightning delays
  • Fog delays
  • Snow delays

Lightning Delays

The same is to be said for lightning delays. There could be no rain whatsoever, but if there is lightning, a lightning delay is almost certainly going to be called to ensure the players' safety.

In regards to rain delays, thunderstorm delays, and lightning delays, lightning delays are typically taken more seriously as they yield the highest risk to players.

Fog Delays

There are a few other weather-related delays that are less common but still occur throughout the season. Fog delays are a common annoyance for baseball players and fans since most of the conditions are favorable but there is low visibility. Fog delays can last for quite some time and are usually less predictable than rain delays.

Snow Delays

Towards the beginning of the season, or end of the postseason depending on where the team is located, snow delays can happen as well. These are usually rescheduled if it is ongoing rather than waited out like many rain delays are.

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FAQ

When is a baseball game an "official game"?

An "official game" is one where the visiting team makes at least 15 outs when the home team is winning in the score. It also happens when the home team makes at least 15 outs.

Which MLB stadiums have retractable roofs?

Six teams in Major League Baseball teams currently have retractable roofs in their home parks: Toronto Blue Jays' Rogers Centre, Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field, Seattle Mariners's Safeco Field, Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park, Houston Astros' Minute Maid Park, and Miami Marlins' Marlins Park. Furthermore, Tampa Bay Rays' Tropicana Field has a fixed roof.

How are Rain Delays Determined?

It's the umpire's decision whether or not to proceed with the game as they determine if the conditions are safe or not for the players. Many umpires will allow games to continue through light rain. The home team has some input as well, as it affects the fans coming to their baseball arena.

How do rain delay delays work in baseball?

If the weather clears up, gameplay continues. If the rain persists during a rain delay, a game may end up being canceled, teams and fans go home. If this happens, then fans and attendees can use their current tickets or some kind of voucher as a rain check. A rain check is used to admit someone to the baseball park at a later date for no additional cost.

What are the kinds of weather delays in baseball?

Many people refer to a rain delay and a thunderstorm delay as two separate things while other people use the terms interchangeably. Typically, a rain delay will only occur if it is near a downpour on the field. If it is light rain, the game usually continues as regularly scheduled. However, if there is thunder, the game is more likely to be delayed. This is typically a thunderstorm delay as thunder implies that a heavy storm, as well as lightning, will occur.

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