After Wednesday’s night tarp malfunction and 2-1 victory against the Texas Rangers, Rangers manager Ron Washington filed a complaint with Major League Baseball, stating the game should have been suspended instead of it being an official game. Regarding Washington’s complaint, Major League Baseball released a statement.
“Last night’s [Wednesday night's] game was called because of the sudden onset of extreme rain, which affected the ability of the grounds crew to put the tarp in place,” the statement said. “Because no ‘malfunction of a mechanical field device,’ as prescribed in Official Baseball Rule 4.12(a)(3), contributed to the unfortunate circumstances, the game did not meet any criteria to be suspended.
“We trust the judgment of last night’s Umpires, who deemed the field unplayable despite the legitimate effort of the sufficiently-staffed grounds crew to cover it. Because of the condition of the field following the heavy storms, we believe the right decision was made from a player safety standpoint.”
Here is Rule 4.12(a)(3) from the official baseball rule book:
MLB cited official Baseball Rule 4.12(a)(3) on suspended games, which states:
(a) A game shall become a suspended game that must be completed at a future date if the game is terminated for any of the following reasons:
(3) Light failure or malfunction of a mechanical field device under the control of the home club. (Mechanical field device shall include automatic tarpaulin or water removal equipment.)
The Yankees grounds crew had difficulty placing the tarp on the field, and by the time they succeeded, the infield was drenched.
The Yankees complied with the rules, regarding rain out games while the home team is leading in their half of the fifth inning, so I don’t see how Major League Baseball could take Washington’s complaint into consideration. The game is over with, the Yankees won the series and now it’s time to move on to the series against the Toronto Blue Jays. A win is a win and the Yankees will take it anyway they can.