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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 05/13/2011

Foul weather plaguing major league baseball


Washington Nationals pitchers Jason Marquis, left, and Livan Hernadez run in the rain on the field at PNC Park in Pittsburgh after the scheduled game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed due to rain on Friday, April 22, 2011. (Gene J. Puskar - AP)
It’s not just tornado numbers mounting at a feverish pace in 2011. Through Thursday, 22 major league baseball games have been rained out so far in 2011 (or in Denver’s case Wednesday, snowed out). That number already exceeds 2010’s season total of 21 weather postponed games less than one quarter of the way into this season.

In April alone, 17 games were postponed this season - the second most in the past decade. Only two games were postponed in April 2010.

The rainouts have concentrated from the Rockies to the East Coast says Michael Teevan, a spokesperson for Major League Baseball (MLB).

“Seven clubs, spanning three time zones, have had two home games rained out – ATL, BAL, CHI (NL), COL, MIN, NYY and PIT,” he said.

Of the 24 open-air ballparks in MLB, 14 have had at least one home game rained out this season Teevan said. (Five teams have retractable roof ballparks - ARI, HOU, MIL, SEA, and TOR - and a sixth - TB’s Tropicana Field - is a dome.)

Keep reading for more on baseball rainouts in 2011...

The Washington Nationals have been involved in three rainouts, which all occurred in the same week: on April 16 (at home vs. Milwaukee), 19 (at St. Louis), and 22 (at Pittsburgh). All of last season, the Nats had just one game rained out: at Colorado.

With showers and thunderstorms in the forecast over the next six days in Washington, D.C., more Nats games may be threatened during their five game homestand starting tonight vs. Florida. See Capital Weather Gang’s NatCast for predicted conditions.

Finally, below is a video documentary of the incredible hailstorm that prompted a 64-minute delay at Minneapolis’ Target Field Tuesday night. Yahoo’s Big League Stew blog said “the entire outfield looked like a driving range on a busy weekend afternoon.” Indeed, some of the hailstones were the size of golf balls.

(Video courtesy WCCO Minneapolis)

2011 MLB rainouts:

1 -  4/3/11 ARI @ COL
2 -  4/6/11 MIN @ NYY
3 -  4/8/11 TEX @ BAL
4 -  4/12/11 BAL @ NYY
5 -  4/12/11 MIL @ PIT
6 -  4/12/11 COL @ NYM
7  -  4/13/11 TB @ BOS
8 -  4/15/11 NYM @ ATL
9 -  4/16/11 FLA @ PHI
10 - 4/16/11 MIL @ WSH
11 - 4/19/11 SD @ CHI
12 - 4/19/11 WSH @ STL
13 - 4/22/11 NYY @ BAL
14 - 4/22/11 WSH @ PIT
15 - 4/22/11 CLE @ MIN
16 - 4/26/11 TB @ MIN
17 - 4/27/11 COL @ CHI
18 - 5/2/11 HOU @ CIN
19 - 5/3/11 MIL @ ATL
20 - 5/11/11 OAK @ TEX
21 - 5/11/11 NYM @ COL
22 - 5/12/11 LAD @ PIT

Number of April MLB rainouts in the past decade

2011: 17
2010: 2
2009: 12
2008: 10
2007: 26
2006: 8
2005: 11
2004: 12
2003: 15
2002: 10
2001: 5
2000: 18

Data provided by Michael Teevan of Major League Baseball.

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