When Baseball and Meteorology Collide

By Violeta Yas
2/21/2013 2:44:36 PM

During February, Major League Baseball players focus on removing off-season rust in sunny Florida or Arizona. But not all pitchers and catchers are lucky enough to live in warm climate locales.

Cold weather can vastly impact a pitcher's performance, especially when preseason is just getting started. Certain pitches require a tighter or looser grip on the ball, and so pitchers must pay close attention to the weather report. Rain and even snow can also make for less than stellar pitching performances, as the ball becomes increasingly slippery.