The Yanks/Orioles game was suspended in the top of the eighth, with the Yankees having taken a lead with a four-spot, and Jeter on second base. It will be resumed where it left off before their next meeting July 27.
I’d never seen this before; I thought either a game was official, or it wasn’t. So I read the rules (4.11-4.12) regarding these things, and it seems that:
A game can either be called (stopped), or suspended (resumed later). Under certain conditions, a called game becomes a suspended game, which is what happened last night. And under other circumstances, a suspended game becomes a called game.
A called game, if fewer than 5 innings played (or 4.5 with the home team in the lead), is nullified, with all stats tossed, and has to be replayed.
If at least 5 innings have been played when the game is called, then the game is complete and the score at that point stands, unless:
– The game is called mid-inning, and the visiting team has tied or taken the lead in that inning, and the home team hasn’t tied or retaken the lead; the game is suspended. (This is what happened last night.)
– The game is called because of weather when the game is tied (except in the above case); the game is a “tie game” and has to be replayed. (The rules make the distinction between a “tie game” and a “no game”, which is fewer than 5 innings; I imagine in a “tie game” the stats stand, whereas in a “no game” they definitely do not.)
A suspension is a game to be resumed before the start of the next scheduled game in the same location, unless there isn’t one, in which case it’s the next scheduled game at the opposing location, unless there isn’t one, in which case the game is called.
Suspensions can be caused for specific reasons which don’t usually apply to MLB play (except weather). Of these:
– Darkness or mechanical failure can impose a suspension at any time during the game.
– Legal curfew, league-imposed time limit, or weather require that the game be played at least 5 innings (same as with called games) in order to be suspended; otherwise it’s called as a “no game”.
– Weather is only grounds for suspending (rather than calling) a game in the specific circumstances described above.
Which brings me to my question: WTF is up with these crazy rules? I realize they’re designed to create predictability around unpredictable situations, but:
– What’s the rationale behind requiring a tie game to be entirely replayed, rather than suspended?
– What’s the rationale behind not suspending a game if it’s called in the first five innings for weather, nullifying anything that had been accomplished so far? But meanwhile it’s ok to suspend for darkness or mechanical failure? What’s the difference? Why should any portion of a played game be thrown out?
– What does it mean if a suspended game becomes a called game because the teams don’t play each other again? Does the score stand, even if the visitor took the lead and the home team didn’t have a chance to respond? That would seem to be the case, but the rules don’t specify. Wouldn’t it be better to nullify the whole game in that case, or declare the score to be whatever it was prior to the start of the inning in which the game was called?
– And, most importantly, is Yahoo going to give last nights stats to my team this week, or when the game is completed?
Oh, baseball rules.