Baseball for the Appalachian League has been going on all summer and the rain has stopped many of the games before they started, or sometimes right after they began.
Besides leaving fans disappointed, the rain had the potential to hurt the teams financially and drastically change the game schedule.
The rain has created a lot of disappointed fans, but the impact to the teams and players has been minimal or none at all.
It started out as an extremely dry summer and drought conditions. Almost without warning, the clouds opened up and rainfall records were broken very quickly.
This has not been ideal baseball weather. "Never in my career here, and I have been affiliated with the Sox for ten years now. Even going back to when the Tigers were here, I don't recall having rain like we have had this year,” Mahlon Luttrell of Bristol Baseball, Inc. said.
There have been some minor effects from the rainouts but none of them catastrophic. The end of the season is looking up in all areas of the ballpark.
"Ticket sales, concession sales, it is a domino effect so we have seen a lot of impact this year,” Luttrell added. “We were tracking to have about a 10 to 15 percent increase in attendance over last year, but the rains came and slowed us down. We are still gonna finish ok this year."
"Another thing to take into consideration besides the impact on the box office and the season is the effect on the players of being ready for a game and, all of a sudden it doesn't happen," Luttrell continued.
The season will end right on schedule. The dates that were rained out which couldn't be rescheduled as double or triple headers are just not going to be played this year.