July 21, 2015 12:50
More professional baseball games than ever before were canceled because of rain this season despite the prolonged drought.
A total of 480 games were scheduled to take place in the first half of this year, but 61 were canceled due to rain, surpassing last year's 54.
Baseball fans are complaining about inconsistency in the decisions. Last year, only a dozen messages were posted on the Korea Baseball Organization's website complaining about cancellation, but this year, the number already surpassed 70.
Most of the critics note that the sun was shining.
According to KBO regulations, a match commissioner can cancel a match three hours ahead of the scheduled start. Some commissioners apparently cannot wait to see how the weather will turn out and give the game a chance. But a KBO spokesman promised the problem will not persist because the busy schedule forbids it.
The quadrennial international Premier 12 kicks off on Nov. 8, so this season and post-season playoffs should be wrapped up by October. But there will probably be several cancellations due to genuine rain as typhoons are expected to affect the Korean Peninsula.
Each team has to play 144 games this season, a lot more than last year's 128, so it is likely there will be a couple of double headers to catch up on the schedule.
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