Saturday, October 06, 2012

Just a Pissed Off Fan

If you didn't see the game the Braves lost the NL Wildcard game this evening. They would have probably lost anyway but the Braves were down 6-3 in the 8th with 2 men on. Anderlton Simmons was at bat and hit a fly ball into the outfield. I don't know if the two player rushing in on the ball lost it in the lights or they thought the other had it but either way the both stop running in and the ball dropped in the middle of the two. Just before the ball hit the ground on of the umpires call the infield fly rule in effect so Simmons was out at first and the runners must stay put. 

The Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez went out to argue the call but it stood. The manager then said they were playing the game under protest which was later denied. Was it a bad call? From what I could see Fuck Yes! 

This is one more reason why MLB needs instance replay. They are behind the times and should NOT have playoff games decide because of bad field calls. If there was a Umpire video crew at the park that could review the play and confer with the field team to make sure the Right call was made. 

The Braves did protest but that was denied by MLB's Joe Torre and Jeff Kellogg, not because the right call had been made, but because there was no time to thoroughly review the play. The normal protest time would take 5-6 days and this is the playoffs and the next game start on Sunday.  Here is an some more information... 
The Major League rulebook clearly states the circumstances of the infield fly rule."An infield fly is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out," says Rule 2.00 in the definition of terms. "The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule."
A further comment on that official rule spells out the complexity of making the call.
"The umpire is to rule whether the ball could ordinarily have been handled by an infielder -- not by some arbitrary limitation such as the grass, or the base lines," it says. "The umpire must rule also that a ball is an infield fly, even if handled by an outfielder, if, in the umpire's judgment, the ball could have been as easily handled by an infielder. The infield fly is in no sense to be considered an appeal play. The umpire's judgment must govern, and the decision should be made immediately."
Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations, addressed the protest after the game.
"I talked to Jeff Kellogg during the play stoppage because of the unique situation with the one-game playoff," he said. "He just was curious how to handle the protest. In looking at the rule, there's 24 hours you have to make the report. In the circumstances, I think, it just didn't make sense for that to take place. So after the game, I made sure I talked to both Frank Wren and Fredi to let them know that I was disallowing the protest. I wanted to make sure they heard it from me.
"I like the one-game playoff. It's a Game 7. This was an exciting game. I mean, I'm sorry about the controversy. It's certainly not something we ever planned on. But two out of three, a number of different reasons I don't like that. A two out of three, you've got to make an off-day somewhere. You could having a team win the division and [sit still] for five or six days."
The Braves played the game clumsily with 3 errors and a key base running error, also involving the rookie Simmons. This bad call just made matters worse and the fans. Fuck! I know you are upset about the bad call but you DO NOT throw a tantrum and throw crap onto the field. Which end up in delaying the game and forcing the Cardinals to change pitchers. Then play resumes after 20 minutes the hitters now have to face a fresh pitcher. 

Did the play cost the Braves the game? Probably not but lets face it didn't help. It just goes to show us baseball fans anything can happen in baseball.  

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