As snow flurries fell on Jacobs Field, baseball commissioner Bud Selig stood in a tunnel inside the stadium and said he gave no thought to postponing Game Four. The temperature of 38 was the lowest since Series temperature records began in 1975. The wind chill was 18.
"I'm the only dope who's sitting all day watching The Weather Channel," Selig said. "We're in Cleveland, in middle America in late October. You can have two weeks of it. Unless you make a judgment that it would be better the next few days, there's no sense in making players sit around."
The forecast for tonight is for warmer temperatures and a good chance of rain.
Selig said he never will consider moving the World Series to a warm-weather city, an idea advocated by Arizona Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo.
"The theory that we could move World Series games to neutral sites is folly," Selig said. "A city builds a stadium with taxpayers dollars, it waits decades to get in in some cases and you have the World Series in San Diego? To me that's just unconscionable."
Selig also said baseball won't move the World Series back to the daytime but that he would consider earlier starts to improve demographics and that he's in favor of a 154-game schedule.
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Florida catcher Charles Johnson and Cleveland shortstop Omar Vizquel and third baseman Matt Williams wound up on the same side at the World Series: The 1997 Gold Glove team. Johnson earned his third consecutive Gold Glove. Vizquel won his fifth overall and Matt Williams, who won three while playing for San Francisco, got another in his first year in the AL. . . . Baltimore Orioles outfielder Eric Davis, who came back this season from colon cancer surgery, was named the Roberto Clemente Man of the Year by Major League Baseball.