WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Tuesday's rainout at Nationals Park – called off by the home team about 10 minutes after the scheduled first pitch – isn’t sitting well with the Marlins, especially since the storm rolled out of town and skies were clear less than an hour later.
By 8:15 p.m., the grounds crew was taking the tarp off the field. Late last season, the Nationals made the Marlins wait more than three hours before the game was finally called.
"I think it seemed early to call it," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday. "But that’s their call and there's not a whole lot we can do about it, just be ready to play [Wednesday].”
According to MLB rules, the home team has the power to delay the start of the game and postpone or reschedule it due to inclement weather. Once the game starts, the umpires have the power to delay it or postpone the game.
In this case, with Nationals rookie Blake Treinen (0-2, 1.56) scheduled to start and three Nats All-Stars on the disabled list in Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper and Gio Gonzalez, the home team came out with an obvious advantage by postponing the game until the end of the regular season when the Marlins visit again.
The make-up game has been scheduled as part of a day-night double-header on either Sept. 26 or 27. Redmond said Tuesday night he thought the double-header would take place on the 26th.
Asked if he went out for an evening stroll through D.C. Tuesday night Redmond said with a smile: "I did. And I didn’t even need an umbrella."