Should MLB Avoid Games In Chicago On Opening Day?

Today’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) On Monday, Mother Nature blew 30-degree wind chills down the spines of White Sox fans at U.S. Cellular Field. Out in Pittsburgh, she dropped 35-degree game time temps on the Cubs and Pirates. And up in Minneapolis, Tigers ace Justin Verlander wasn’t the only thing freezing batters during Minnesota’s coldest home opener in 50 years.

Yes, on Opening Day it was more bundle up than batter up in some of baseball’s northern cities. And that begs the question, should we even be playing games in chilly locales during the first week of the season?

Or should MLB just give those cities the cold shoulder?

“No one likes playing in the cold,” Twins second baseman Brian Dozier said before Monday’s game at Target Field, where 17 mph gusts dropped game-time wind chills into the low 20s.

Heck, even the Vikings don’t play in that weather.

Like Dozier said, no one really likes playing baseball in the cold. And no one likes watching in the cold, either – except, I suppose, those shirtless yahoos that show up at Soldier Field each season. But they’re probably still hospitalized from frostbite by the time baseball season rolls around.

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