Baltimore received 26 inches of snow from December through February, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That was almost a 50 percent increase from an average winter, but it was nothing compared to what Chicago (66.7 inches) and Detroit (78 inches) are dealing with. Boston had 56.4 inches over that three-month period, and Cleveland had 65.
The worst may be over in terms of cold weather, but the outlook for opening day isn't all that promising. From March 26 through April 1, there's a decent chance of below-normal temperatures all over the eastern half of the country, particularly near the Great Lakes.
Meanwhile, the clock is ticking.
"The back's against the wall a little bit," Bossard said.
Bossard estimated that his crew removed over 400 tons of snow last weekend. Snowblowers and plows can help, but it's a delicate operation: Plows can only do so much before there's a risk of damage to the field.
There's a certain charm to a football game played in the snow on a raggedy, chewed-up field — but baseball is supposed to be about sunshine and soft grass. Nobody ever waxes poetic about the frozen tundra of Fenway Park.
Even in the warm summer months, baseball fields are meticulously manicured to prevent bad-hop grounders, crumbling mounds and any number of other potential problems. If the field is too slick because of cold conditions, players could get hurt, and a rock-hard surface obviously isn't ideal for an outfielder trying to make a diving catch.
Detroit also brought in heaters to blow hot air under the infield tarp. The Tigers haven't had to worry about the grass at Comerica Park because, well, there hasn't been any.
The Tigers are re-sodding their field after it was used for part of the NHL's Winter Classic festivities. The outfield right now consists of a sandy base that looks nothing like a baseball field.