Rand: Has it come to this with Twins' weather woes?

  • Article by: MICHAEL RAND , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 23, 2013 - 6:38 AM

The third Target Field postponement in a span of nine days left some pining for indoor baseball again.

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A familiar sight for the Twins this season: another game delayed or postponed, this one last week. Makes you wish for the good old days of indoor baseball.

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At this point, dear baseball fans, you are beyond cursing the weather. You have resorted to unspeakable things such as actually wishing the Twins still played baseball in the Metrodome.

You have forced Twins President Dave St. Peter, a weather-beaten man, into tweeting things like this (as he did Monday): “Fans still urge rescheduling of games at the Metrodome. If this many fans had actually attended games at Dome we’d have led MLB in attendance.”

Poor weather — and another home postponement Monday, the third already this season — will do funny things to a fan. Believe it or not, we are not here to pile on. Instead, we’re here with some historical context and (gasp!) some good news on the horizon.

• In the first three years of Target Field, the Twins played 243 home games and had only five games postponed by weather. In 21 seasons at Met Stadium, the Twins averaged about four weather postponements per year. This April is payback … the great equalizer … or maybe just ordinary?

• The Twins have now had 29 home games postponed by weather all-time in April. The next-worst month? Um, it’s May (22 postponements). So when are we getting to the good news?

• Let’s start with baby steps: The extended forecast for the series beginning Thursday against Texas starts out at “acceptable” and moves straight into “outstanding.” Via weather. com: Thursday — partly sunny, high of 48 (and low of 45); Friday — high of 63; Saturday — high of 70; Sunday — high of 75. From coats to tank tops. From frostbite to sunburn. All in less than a week.

• Also, once the season gets beyond May, the threat of a rainout really diminishes. In 24 outdoor seasons, the Twins have had 38 home games postponed in June, July, August and September combined. The Twins have NEVER had a postponement in July, August or September at Target Field.

• The Monday game against the Marlins that was postponed is slated to be made up Tuesday as part of a doubleheader. If those games get wiped out by lingering snow and cold, that would make four total games missed. At least some of them will be shoehorned into the schedule later this year, when the sun actually shines.

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