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Metrodome roof collapses due to massive snowstorm


The Twins moved out of their old indoor home and into the beautiful Target Field before the start of the 2010 season, so this news is technically no longer baseball-related.  But it’s worth a nod anyway.

As detailed by our good friends at Pro Football Talk, the roof of Minneapolis’ Metrodome collapsed Sunday morning under 17 inches of snow.  Sunday’s game between the Giants and Vikings had already been postponed to Monday night, and now it might have to be moved to another location.

There obviously isn’t enough time to set up a football grid at Target Field.  The University of Minnesota has an outdoor football stadium in the area, so that’s an option if the snow stops and can be cleared in time.

No injuries have yet been reported and PFT is hearing that the Metrodome was empty at the time of the roof collapse.  Of course, there’s little doubt that it’s going to be an expensive fix.

UPDATE: Wow.  CNN shares this must-see picture of the collapsed Metrodome roof.  Looking rough.

UPDATE II: ESPN 1500 Twin Cities has an incredible gallery of shots from inside the Metrodome.  There is a tear in the roof that seems to be getting bigger by the minute.

UPDATE III: The Big Lead passes along this FOX Sports video of the Metrodome roof collapse with several indoor angles.  It’s an incredible sight.

World Series Game 2 to start an hour earlier due to forecasted rain

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs stands during the national anthem prior to Game One of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball announced that the starting time of Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday night has been moved up to 7:08 PM EDT due to a forecast that calls for heavy rain late in the night, ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports.

Jake Arrieta will start for the Cubs against the Indians’ Trevor Bauer, assuming his finger injury doesn’t prevent him from doing so.

While an 8 PM start puts the game in a better TV slot, most of the playoff games have been ending around midnight or later. That makes it difficult for kids on the East coast to watch and enjoy the entirety of the games. As we know, baseball has a looming problem in that its viewing audience is getting steadily older. Having playoff games start at 7 PM consistently — or even 6 PM, for that matter — might be good for the future of the game.

Dexter Fowler becomes first black player to play for the Cubs in the World Series

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after striking out in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game One of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
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The last time the Cubs were in the World Series was 1945, two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. As such, until Tuesday night, the Cubs never had a black player play for them in the World Series.

Dexter Fowler changed that, leading off the ballgame at Progressive Field against the Indians. Fowler was made aware of this fact three days ago by Rany Jazayerli of The Ringer:

Fowler, in that at-bat, went ahead in the count 2-1 but ended up striking out looking on a Corey Kluber sinker.