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SBD/Issue 31/Facilities & Venues
Minute Maid Park Roof Becomes Source Of Controversy For MLB
Published October 25, 2005
|Selig Would Prefer To Keep Roof Open For Rest Of Games In Series|
WHO MAKES THE CALL? ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reported Selig “is expected to decide personally” whether the roof will be open or closed. The last time a retractable roof was involved in the World Series, in ’01, MLB “ordered the Diamondbacks to open their roof for all four games.” MLB VP/PR Pat Courtney said that Selig “has no particular preference other than for consistency.” Courtney: “Bud just wants to make sure there’s a standard of practice involved so that what we’ve done in the past is done now and we’re not breaking new ground” (ESPN.com, 10/24). The AP’s Ronald Blum reports MLB Exec VP/Baseball Operations Jimmie Lee Solomon will make the final decision. Solomon: “If it’s a nice day and no chance of precipitation and it’s not overly hot and humid, yeah, we’ll open the roof” (AP, 10/25). An MLB spokesperson said that league will make the decision “in concert with the Astros and even the White Sox” (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/25). But Courtney said, “MLB has the final call” (NEWSDAY, 10/25). In N.Y., Tyler Kepner writes that “as a rule, the Astros close the roof when the temperature is 80 degrees or higher, as it usually is during the baseball season in Houston.” The team has played only two games since May with the roof open (N.Y. TIMES, 10/25).
DIPLOMACY: Purpura said, “There’s a continuity of conditions that the players have gotten used to and we certainly respect that. We also have to respect the fact that we have a roof for a reason, and that’s to open it for people to enjoy outdoor baseball. I think it cuts both ways.” Purpura added, “The World Series doesn’t belong just to the Houston Astros. It belongs to all of baseball. We take our cues quite a bit from [MLB] on how this show is produced” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/25).
|Berkman (l) Expects Minute Maid
Park Roof To Be Open For TV
DIFFERENCE MAKER? The Astros’ winning percentage this season with the roof open is .577 (15-11), while it is .684 (39-18 including postseason) with the roof closed (Mult., 10/24).