Playing all of their games at Marlins Park with its retractable roof, the Miami Marlins no longer concern themselves with the timing and conflicts that come with rain delays. But on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, the game was canceled just ten minutes after the scheduled start time.
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.
During their time at Sun Life Stadium, the Marlins frequently did everything possible to avoid postponing a game. Because it was a quick three game series with an off day on Thursday, the influence of the rainout was minimal. Henderson Alvarez made the start for the Marlins on Wednesday night, but the Nationals did skip a spot in their rotation, with Jordan Zimmermann, instead of Blake Treinen, facing Miami on Wednesday.
The game will be made up as part of a day-night double header on September 26. Miami ends the season in D.C. on the September 28.
While Redmond's comments were likely in response to the quick decision, the Nationals gained an advantage by rescheduling the contest. Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper are both currently on the disabled list, but could be healthy by the end of the season.
Washington is three games out of first place heading into a series with the Rangers which begins on Friday. The Marlins are tied with Atlanta and host the Braves in a weekend series, but the standings may not look the same come September, making Miami's discontent understandable.