|See all that blue sky? The Nats brass want to block it out, like Mr. Burns|
once tried to block the sun from Springfield.
So, the Nationals want to build a dome over Nationals Park, you know, because it rains so much there. If they do so, I don't think I can be a fan any longer. Call me old school or non-progressive or whatever, but I just don't like indoor baseball. If the Nats' plans come to fruition, the dome will be retractable. But still, why ruin a neat ballpark with a roof, right?
And, really, do the Nationals need a roof? Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post provides the below figures, which don't seem to justify the need for a huge umbrella over Nationals Park:
2008: Nats had six delays and two postponements (Throughout MLB, 155 games were affected by weather — postponements, delays, called games).
2009: Nats have seven delays and three postponements (MLB-wide: 210 games)
2010: Nats had six delays (MLB-wide: 130 games)
2011: Nats had 10 delays and four postponements (MLB-wide:180 games)
2012: Nats had seven delays and three postponements (MLB-wide: 127 games)
2013: the Nats had four postponements because of weather (The 2013 numbers provided by MLB are incomplete.)
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