It wasn’t exactly the best time for a guy to make plans for the future, so it’s probably understandable that when asked last night, Jim Leyland wouldn’t say that he’d be back in Detroit in 2013:
“I don’t really know that,” Leyland said. “We’re going to talk about some things in a day or so and I’m sure they’ll have some type of an announcement. But tonight’s not the night for that.”
Leyland has said that he’s not going to manage another team and Dave Dombrowski said that if Leyland wants to come back next year, he’s more than welcome to do so.
Based on how my Tiger fan friends are feeling today, it’s not surprising that the last thing Leyland wants to think about is more Tiger baseball at this point.
The World Series is often played in near winter-like conditions. The 2008 Series was interrupted by a snowy, wintry mix. The 2012 World Series games in Detroit dipped into the 20s. It’s not uncommon to see players wearing balaclavas and other winter gear during the so-called “Fall Classic.”
Not this year, though. Indeed, this year we’re likely to see record high temperatures for Games 1 and 2 at Dodger Stadium.
As of this moment, WeatherUnderground.com forecasts a high in Los Angeles of 101 degrees for today’s World Series Media Day and highs of 102 and 98 for Games 1 and 2, respectively. First pitch for both games is just after 5PM Pacific time, when the sun will still be blazing. The sun will set about an hour or so in to the game which should cool things off somewhat, but the heat will definitely impact pregame workouts and the early innings. Fans showing up three or more hours before first pitch will do well to prepare themselves for the elements.
The hottest World Series game on record came in Phoenix for Game 1 in 2001 when the mercury stood at 94 degrees at game time. That year Major League Baseball unwisely demanded that the Chase Field roof be left open for the Diamondbacks-Yankees tilt. If there is a Game 6 and/or 7 things will be nicer as the long range forecast shows temperatures in the low 70s by then.
Hydrate well, Dodgers and Astros. Those of us watching from cooler temperatures and/or the comfort of our air conditioned homes will feel really bad for you.