I know you all are super stoked about watching guys like Prince Fielder and Todd Frazier blast baseballs out of Great American Ball Park in tonight’s Home Run Derby.
So, I hate to break the news to you: There’s a good chance – a really good chance – the weather in Cincinnati tonight will be a showstopper.
— Steve Petyerak (@StevePetyerak) July 11, 2015
The Queen City forecast says “several rounds of showers and thunderstorms will be possible today and tonight” with a chance of severe storms tonight. “The primary severe weather threat will be damaging winds and locally heavy rainfall,” says the statement from the National Weather Service.
The Home Run Derby is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern. According to Accuweather.com, there is a 49 percent chance of rain at 8 and 9 p.m., and a 56 percent chance around 10 p.m. While we’re looking at forecasts, the extended breakdown into Tuesday shows thunderstorms leading up to the All-Star Game, but clearing skies around the time of the first pitch at 8-ish.
Last year, sluggers were forced to wait out a 54-minute rain delay before popping baseballs into the atmosphere at Target Field in Minneapolis.
It has been 27 years since rain canceled a Home Run Derby, which also was in Cincinnati.
How ‘bout that?!?!
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 13, 2015