With heavy snowfall making their home ballpark unusable, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Low A; Midwest League) will host an upcoming home series at Peoria’s Dozer Park.
The early weeks of the season been shaped by cold weather for teams across the majors and minors, creating unpleasant or unplayable conditions. The Timber Rattlers just experienced this to an extreme, as Neuroscience Group Field in Appleton will be not be ready to host an upcoming home series after being hit with a strong blizzard over the weekend. As a result, the team’s three-game set against the Kane County Cougars that begins on Tuesday will take place at Dozer Park.
The Timber Rattlers concluded a road series against the Peoria Chiefs at Dozer Park on Sunday. While the Chiefs are beginning a roadtrip, the Timber Rattlers will remain in Peoria for their upcoming set against the Cougars. More from The Journal Star:
Admission to all three games is free. As venue hosts, the Chiefs are welcoming donations at the gates for United Way.
“This is a tough situation for everyone in the area and it would have been impossible to play any games at Neuroscience Group Field this week,” said Timber Rattlers president Rob Zerjav. “You have to get creative when one of the worst snowstorms in the history of Wisconsin hammers you before the start of a homestand. This was the best option.”
“We want to thank Peoria general manager Jason Mott and his staff for being open to hosting these games.”
Severe weather has been a contributor to numerous postponements across the majors and minors during the early phases of the season, with the Minnesota Twins recently losing an entire three-game weekend series against the Chicago White Sox. Overall, there have been 22 postponements in Major League Basebal, including Monday morning’s Patriots’ Day game between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Aside from standing in the way of an annual Fenway Park tradition, weather conditions have been a factor in lower-than-expected attendance figures across MLB and MiLB during the early weeks of the season. The cold, wet, and snowy conditions have left fans and teams to hope that better baseball weather is around the corner.