Report: Cubs' response to Obamacare led to tarp malfunction

Report: Cubs' response to Obamacare led to tarp malfunction
August 22, 2014, 10:45 am
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The tarp issue initially led to umpires calling Tuesday's game a 2-0 Cubs victory after 4 1/2 innings before MLB upheld the Giants' protest. (USATSI)

The Giants-Cubs game that nearly ended prematurely because of a tarp issue may have been resolved, but there appears to be a new wrinkle in the Tarpageddon saga.

When the Chicago Cubs defended their grounds crew Thursday, explaining their failure to properly apply the tarp during a heavy burst of rain when the Giants visited Wrigley Field Tuesday night, they cited short staffing saying they had sent home many of their grounds crew earlier in the day.

[RELATED: Giants' protest upheld, Tuesday's game considered suspended]

But according to the Chicago-Sun times, the reduced staff was part of a wider reorganization in an attempt to circumvent president Barack Obama's new healthcare mandates concerning big businesses as defined by the Affordable Care Act:

"The staffing issues that hamstrung the grounds crew Tuesday during a mad dash with the tarp under a sudden rainstorm were created in part by a wide-ranging reorganization last winter of game-day personnel, job descriptions and work limits designed to keep the seasonal workers – including much of the grounds crew – under 130 hours per month, according to numerous sources with direct knowledge. That’s the full-time worker definition under “Obamacare,” which requires employer-provided healthcare benefits for “big businesses” such as a major league team."

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The tarp issue which flooded the infield initially led to umpires calling Tuesday's game a 2-0 Cubs victory after 4 1/2 innings before Major League Baseball upheld the Giants' protest to have the game suspended.

The Giants would go on to lose that game 2-1 after it was resumed on Thursday afternoon.

 

 

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