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Game 5 Will Be Wednesday (Update)

With rain still falling in Philadelphia -- where Game 5 of the World Series was suspended in the middle of the sixth inning last night -- major league baseball has decided to postpone the completion of the game until 8:37 tomorrow night.

The game between the Phillies and Rays was tied at 2, of course, and the Phillies hold a three games to one series advantage.

"While obviously we want to finish Game 5 as soon as possible, the forecast for today does not allow for us to continue the game this evening," Commissioner Bud Selig said. "We are closely monitoring tomorrow's forecast and will continue to monitor the weather on an hourly basis. We will advise fans as soon as we are able to make any final decisions with respect to tomorrow's schedule."

The managers are holding news conferences at 2 and 3 p.m., so more later. The full AP report is here.

By Jon DeNunzio  |  October 28, 2008; 2:08 PM ET
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"major league baseball has decided to postpone the completion of the game until tomorrow night."
Or Wednesday night. Time enough for the umps to get Lasik, maybe brush up on the strike zone...

Posted by: CEvansJr | October 28, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Warm or cold, rain or shine, the men in blue have called the games for the Phillies.

If Moyer throws again he will get a called strike on a toss to first to hold on a runner--if the Rays are allowed a runner.

Posted by: rusty3 | October 28, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Instead of taking away the "travel day (Wednesday)" the series should move to Tampa, as scheduled, and return to Phila if the series is tied at 3-3.

Posted by: km1971 | October 28, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"The game between the Phillies and Rays was tied at 2, of course, and the Phillies hold a three games to one series advantage."

Of course it was.

Of course it was?!? What's up with that. Was this predetermined by Selig and Co.?

Bad choice of words, IMO. Of course, I didn't know as I didn't watch the game.

Posted by: SamFelis | October 28, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

This was the WORST UMPIRE Crew I have ever seen, for a World Series, or PLAYOFF game. The UMPS have blown several calls, for both teams, have a strike zone that varies from player 2 player & team 2 team.

The game last night, should have been called after the 4th inning. That way, MLB could play a WHOLE nother game #5.

Maybe in 2009, MLB can have DAY GAMES. What an interesting thought.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | October 28, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I understand the concept of prime time games and ad revenue. But there is no reason why the games can't have an earlier start. In every year previous, the start times were 8pm, were they not? Even 7:30pm would make life easier on people, especially kids.
Day games on the weekends is also a nice thought. At least late afternoon starts, 4-5pm.
Terrible umpiring, bad scheduling, questionable decision making by the MLB. No wonder the NFL gets all the ratings in the U.S.
rusty3 - Moyer gets those calls out of respect. 22 years in the league gets that for you, as well as having strong command. Just like Greg Maddux for all those years.
km1971 - that is preposterous. let's just throw home field advantage out the window. why not.

Posted by: PhilliesPhan | October 28, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Lets flip a coin

A - We play game 5

B - We dont

Isnt that what Selig is doing right now?

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | October 28, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I know that day games are economically a non-starter but the quality of play is soooo much better in daylight. Doesn't that matter to anyone?

Posted by: ajlerner1 | October 28, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

There is no such thing as a Phillies fan. There are resident thugs in Philly that go to the games.

Poorest city in the US for sportsmanship.

Posted by: mortified469 | October 28, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Playing games in cold and damp conditions under the lights is a sure-fire recipe for sloppy, uninspired play. The geniuses behind the scheduling of these games should be shot.

I'm a lifelong baseball fanatic, but I've turned each of these games off because they just run too late into the night. Maybe if MLB gave a bit more thought to the fans interests (versus the MLB bank account), the sport would not be losing fans the way it has.

And, yes, the umpiring has been truly atrocious. Horrendous! Bring in a new crew right now.

Posted by: BwanaDik | October 28, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Why not treat this suspended game like one during the regular season? Go back to Tampa for games 6 and 7, and if the Phillies don't win one of those games, return to Philly for the conclusion of game 5. And play it in the daytime, even if a network has to be cobbled together from independent stations, even if it has to be televised on PBS.

I, for one, am sick of trying to watch a World Series game, while between every pitch the announcers are plugging the scheduled upcoming football telecasts.

Posted by: bfieldk | October 28, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

@ bfieldk

B/c that is the most asinine thing ever. During the regular season there are 28 other teams schedules that depend on either one of those teams coming in and playing. Now there are no other teams, let them finish the game when they finish the game.

Frankly, they should have never started the game anyway and put it off until tonight or tomorrow. They seriously could have gotten it in tonight. It might be a bit windy but, oh well.

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | October 28, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Agreed that the umping has been well below par, not just the obvious calls at the bases, but also the strike zone, where there have been numerous ludicrous calls like you don't normally see in playoff games. It seems like in the past only the top-rated umps were used in the playoffs - is that still the case ? How about letting MLB players and managers choose the playoff umps ? They have the best viewpoint.

Posted by: jdjennings4 | October 28, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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