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Indians Panned For Waiting To Postpone Season Opener Despite Freezing Temperatures

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 05 / 16

The Indians’ decision to wait until 1:18pm ET to postpone yesterday's 4:10pm season opener against the Red Sox due to frigid temperatures "was a case of terrible timing and mishandling, even if it was the right move for players and umpires," according to Marla Ridenour of the AKRON BEACON JOU...

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