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If you think that's a "normal effort" for an infielder to catch a fly ball (on a play that is, by anyone's definition, not part of the reason for the rule's existence), then we're going to have to agree to disagree. A normal effort for a fly ball is a pop up, fielder runs a few steps, camps, and catches the ball. You know it the second the ball is hit, not when the ball is half a second from hitting the ground.
While I'm aware of the dangers of consensus, did any of the talking heads think it was a good call? I don't know anyone who actually argues that was a good call, nor have I seen any media folks defend the call.
Edit - I just looked it up and saw that Harold Reynolds defended it. I rest my case
This post was edited by tecmoHOOperbowl 18 months ago
Some of the guys on MLBN thought it was a good call. Most don't, from what I've seen.
We also agree that this kind of play is not why the rule is there, becuase there's no way that could have been turned into a double play.
Its so simple. When the IFF rule is in effect, if the ball hits the ground, all runners are safe. Force them to make the out, not the other way around. It takes the judgement out of it.
We used to be taught to not make the play. Umpires at the amateur level are sometimes lazy/late to make the call. Let the ball drop, hope the umpire makes the call late and the runner panics. Its just dumb to give the out.
One MLB source called the erosion of World Series viewers this year "a wake-up call" that came about not because of one quick-fix issue but many issues that need to be studied. One idea that should be on the table (assuming owners still won't touch the regular season) is shortening the LCS to a best-of-five series, the format that was used from 1969-1984. It would allow the World Series to stand alone as a best-of-seven series and inject more urgency in a long month of playoff games.
DETROIT -- The World Series wasn't a classic. It was over too quickly and lacked the back-and-forth scoring we typically associate with memorable series, especially when viewed against ho-hum League Championship Series. When Miguel Cabrera hit a wind-aided two-run homer in the third inning of Game 4, taking the Tigers from a 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 lead, it was the first lead change in the postseason in 75 innings covering nine games played over 12 days.
They were just two boring teams
I'd generally agree with that. Plus playoff baseball just doesn't work well on TV. It's a regional sport, people generally just follow their favorite team and when they're done they stop watching. Ratings in San Fran were tremendous, haven't seen what the Detroit ratings were.
Skip Leyland and company will be back next year, angering 50% of the fanbase and delighting the other 50%.
Detroit Hustles Harder
I'm disappointed that articled had only a single reference to HEART, and no references to GRIT.
eamhokie94: Is your name Nazi in pig Latin?
Chicago White Sox @whitesox
The #WhiteSox have agreed to terms on a two-year, $29-million contract extension with an option for 2015 with @JakePeavy_44
JIM BOWDEN @JimBowdenESPNxm
Brandon League and the Los Angeles Dodgers have completed a 3-year deal for approximately $7.1 million according to a Dodger Source
Maury Brown @BizballMaury
Source: Mets exercise 3B Wright's $16M option
dickey's option also picked up. i think at least one of he and wright get dealt
Mets are supposedly negotiating a long term deal with Wright.
would be a mistake, imo
League deal is 7M PER YEAR.
doesn't matter, money not an issue according to LA peoplez
That is terrible news. WTF.
BREAKING: Source tells @Alden_Gonzalez that RHP Ervin Santana has been traded. @Royals appear to be destination.
Jon Morosi @jonmorosi
Sources: #Angels receive Brandon Sisk in Ervin Santana trade.
Would you pay 12.million for Santana? That's very expensive for the Royals. If you are going to spend that type of money, get somebody with a decent track record.
He signed the extension and then got traded. LAA sends KC a $1 million
I think it works for KC. They give up no one of consequence. They have a lot of young offensive pieces but they don't have a lot of pitching, they have to take some chances that a guy like Santana can bounce back. One year for 12M won't hurt them.
BREAKING: @Marlins hire 41-year-old former @MLB catcher Mike Redmond as their new manager.
im sorry i was confusing...your "Superbowl" was the Redskins losing since you know that the Ravens cant win it all.
Hiring recent players with little to no experience is the new thing now following the successes of Girardi, Ventura and Matheny. Also helps that they're cheap.
Can't wait until somebody hires HOF Bobby Higginson or some crap
Still rooting for Giambi to get the Colorado job.
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