As the Yankees’ union rep, reliever David Robertson was a strong negotiator on Sunday before the second half of Sunday’s split-doubleheader in Detroit was rained out.
The delay in postponing both games on a day of nonstop rain were disagreements that materialized because last weekend was the Yankees’ only scheduled visit to Detroit.
For a few hours, the Yankees, Tigers and Major League Baseball couldn’t agree on when the games would be made up and whether the doubleheader would be a single gate or a day-nighter with two gates.
The compromise was a day-night doubleheader on Monday, June 4.
MLB wanted the Yankees and Tigers playing on another common day off – June 11, June 18 and Aug. 20 were possibilities – because the first day of the draft is June 4. Before Sunday, the only scheduled games on June 4 were three on the West Coast.
“There was a lot of talking back and forth,” Robertson said. “It was just a matter of getting everyone in agreement and on the right page and the commissioner to sign off on it. It worked out.
“I really wanted a straight doubleheader, but we got the day we wanted. They were very gracious and waved it for us on the fourth. I don’t see why it’s going to hurt the draft at all.
“I think maybe the rules need to change to where those (makeup) games are straight doubleheaders because we play too many games to be dealing with a 1 o’clock and a 7 o’clock, especially traveling the whole time. That was the hardest part of it. … Hopefully we don’t lose another off day.”
The Yankees might lose another on Monday with rain in the forecast.