Game up 5 hours the day before. Then you let starters get hot for the game and then delay it 8 minutes before game time. Never in my ten year career have I seen something so amateur. Not in the minor leagues. Not in the big leagues. Never saw it even in college. @MLB— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) August 1, 2020
Bauer's outrage comes after officials decided to pull the tarp onto the field just minutes before the Reds 1:10 p.m. game against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
Bauer, who was scheduled to start against Michael Fulmer, was especially ticked off that the game had been moved up from 6:10 p.m. to early in the afternoon.
Weather-related decisions are typically in the hands of the home team prior to the game beginning. Once the game begins, the umpires have authority over all aspects of play, including weather-related stoppages.
Cincinnati announced that Saturday's game officially has been postponed and that the teams will play two seven-inning games on Sunday beginning at 12:10 p.m.
MLB has been trying to discourage lengthy rain delays this season amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league doesn't want players cooped up in small spaces for hours at a time due to COVID-19's ability to spread quickly.