The word "meeting", as used above, represents either a normal uninterrupted game; or a game started but suspended until another day due to rain; or the resumption of a game suspended by rain on a previous day; or games postponed or canceled due to rain. The total number of meetings represented in the charts above is 1633. The total number of rain-outs is 178. That's a league-wide rain-out percentage of 10.9.
Postponements and cancellations due to "inclement weather" or "wet grounds" were counted as rain also.
Most of us view rain-outs as merely an infrequent annoyance, but at a rate of nearly 11%, their impact is probably much greater than we think. Does Lakeland have a hidden advantage over its FSL competition because of its high rain-out rate? Do their relief pitchers get extra rest days that relievers of other teams do not enjoy? Or do they suffer a disadvantage because postponed games are frequently made up with double-headers, which force their position players to play twice in the same day? Does this increase potential for injury? Speaking of double-header games, they're usually truncated to seven innings each, which reduces a player's overall time spent playing ball. Do scouts suffer from this reduced exposure to the players they're watching, and are their player evaluations adversely affected by long double-header days spent watching fourteen innings in hot, humid weather?
If you're the general manager of a major league club, do you consider the frequency of rain-outs and its effect on pitcher rotations? Do you really want your top prospect getting all warmed-up, just to have his start rained-out? For a team like Lakeland, with close to a quarter of its home meetings rained out, that's a real concern, especially for the younger pitchers of high-A baseball who may not have learned yet how their bodies will react to such adverse start-and-stop physical demands.
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