"The field is unplayable. Otherwise, we would play," said Trembley, explaining the decision. "If you saw me walking out in the outfield, the water was up over the H on my shoe. And the shortstop area was unplayable, also."
The rain started well before the scheduled 1:05 start time and never let up enough for the game to begin. The grounds crew took the tarp off more than once, but wound up putting it right back over the infield. Both teams will resume their Grapefruit League seasons on Sunday, and their respective pitching staffs won't be affected much.
"I don't think you can ask people to wait three hours to play," said Trembley, speaking about the sizable crowd at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. "The water was not going to go anywhere. There was no place for it to go."
Florida (16-8-2) will play the Nationals on Sunday at Jupiter's Roger Dean Stadium, with Rick VandenHurk scheduled to start. Mark Hendrickson, who was named the Marlins' Opening Day starter on Saturday, will pitch in a side session on Sunday.
Baltimore (8-12-2) will travel to Fort Myers for a game against Minnesota on Sunday, and Daniel Cabrera will take the ball one day later than expected. Matt Albers, who had been slated to start on Sunday, will relieve Cabrera. Brian Burres, who had been scheduled to pitch relief on Sunday, will instead take the ball after Adam Loewen on Monday.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.