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Lawmaker calls on MLB to change rain delay rules

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 6 days ago Jesse Yomtov
a dog sitting on a bench in front of a building: The grounds crew covers the field during a rain delay at Yankee Stadium on May 5. © Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC The grounds crew covers the field during a rain delay at Yankee Stadium on May 5.

Brooklyn councilman Justin Brannan wrote to Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, lobbying for a new policy that would make baseball rain delays more fair to fans.

Brannan proposed that "all MLB games should start within an hour of the scheduled start time and no games should be postponed for more than one hour. Otherwise, umpires should call the game and prevent loyal fans from lingering endlessly," according to Tuesday's letter provided by the councilman's office to USA TODAY Sports.

New York has been hit hard by rain in recent days, with the Mets being postponed on Sunday and the Yankees rained out both Monday and Tuesday.

Brannan also suggested a change in policy that would entitle fans to a "rain check" for a future game once a delay lasts a certain amount of time.

"This would present fans with a fair alternative to waiting – sometimes for several hours – or leaving with nothing and feeling like they’ve been ripped off through no fault of your own," Brannan said.

Teams' policies currently vary throughout the league, particularly when it comes to giving fans tickets to a future game.

A family with school-age kids attending a weekday evening game, for instance, may be forced to call it a night before the outcome of a rain delay is determined," Brannan wrote.

“When this happens, fans are put in the position of having to forfeit several hundred dollars or more after tickets, food, drinks and souvenirs – without ever seeing a single at-bat. I’m sure that’s not the experience you want them to have.”

Brannan signed the letter as a "long-suffering Mets fan"

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lawmaker calls on MLB to change rain delay rules

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