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Blue Jays fans petition MLB to open Rogers Centre roof for Game 5

Sportsnet | posted Wednesday, Oct 14th, 2015

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Despite winning two straight road games in Texas to even up the ALDS, a handful of Toronto Blue Jays’ fans still have a bone to pick to with MLB.

On a petition website, called change.org, a Blue Jays fan under the alias of Ace The Bird created a petition for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred called #OpentheDome, which called for the league to open the Rogers Centre roof in Toronto for Game 5.

In a letter to Manfred, Ace the Bird wrote:

“Weather permitting, the Toronto Blue Jays should be allowed to play with the roof of their stadium open.

In 2015’s regular season, the Blue Jays won 38 times and lost 14 when the dome was open. When it was closed, they won 11 and lost 14. Let’s give them all the support we can and get the dome opened up for Wednesday!

As of 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, more than 20,680 people had joined the petition.

While the effort is honourable, it remains highly unlikely that Manfred or MLB, who have the final decision on the status of the Rogers Centre roof, will change their stance on the matter, which was closed for the first two games of the ALDS.

According to the forecast, it will be mainly cloudy and windy on Wednesday and a high of 14 C by the time the game kicks off at 4 p.m. However, there is a slight chance of showers.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said the temperature will fall to 10 C by the end of the game. At that temperature, roof mechanics could be an issue. Then, if it rains, there’s no drainage system in place.

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