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April 11, 2014

What You Need to Know

A Play at the Plate

by Daniel Rathman


The Thursday Takeaway

Update: The original version of the Takeaway indicated that the new ban on catchers blocking the plate resulted in Starlin Castro being called safe. That was not the case, and this portion is now revised to reflect the umpire’s comments after the game.

According to umpire Mark Carlson, the rule invoked at the plate that resulted in Castro being called safe was not Rule 7.13, which deals with the new ban on catchers blocking runners’ path to the dish. He ruled that Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez did not have possession of the throw from left fielder Starling Marte at the time when he tagged Castro.

Carlson told a pool reporter after the Pirates win:

"I didn't have (Sanchez) violating any rules for the collision play," Carlson told the pool reporter. "If he has the ball securely, he would have been able to block the plate. (Castro's) foot touched the plate before (Sanchez) had possession and control of the ball."

There are two critical elements that led to that call.

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BurrRutledge

Regarding the play at the plate, MLB Network in one of their evening programs showed that Sanchez had controlled the ball in his throwing hand but applied the tag with his glove. I haven't seen the whole replay or that included the discussion immediately following the call, so I don't know what was actually said in the immediate aftermath, but that's the reasoning MLB Network was offering last night about the controversy.

Apr 11, 2014 04:36 AM
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Repperson29

His throwing hand was in his glove when he applied the tag.

Apr 11, 2014 04:46 AM
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BurrRutledge

Go to 1:03 of the video here. My eyes tell me that "near" is probably a better descriptor than "in."

http://deadspin.com/if-this-is-how-mlbs-new-home-plate-rule-will-be-applie-1561928304

Apr 11, 2014 07:07 AM
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Tombote123

I'm sorry was 7.13 applied or not? Ump said he didn't have possession and hurdle said he chose not to challenge. Where is 7.13 coming into this?

Apr 11, 2014 05:31 AM
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Festivus313

Clint Hurdle said the umpire told him the runner was called "safe" because he felt the runner's foot got to home plate just prior to the tag (not due to interference). Hurdle said he chose not to call for a review. The confusion is understandable from watching the replay, but, ultimately, the premise of the article is incorrect.

Apr 11, 2014 07:17 AM
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Nojsztat

Always expect NESN to poop on the Yankees whenever and however they can.

Apr 11, 2014 07:22 AM
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Ogremace
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They conveniently made no mention of Lester's "substance" incident/enigma from last year. Those guys are junk to be quite honest and that network is pure homerism.

Apr 11, 2014 15:32 PM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

The umpire indicated after the game that his ruling was that the catcher did not have possession, not that he illegally blocked the plate. The Takeaway portion will be revised to indicate that shortly. Sorry about the confusion.

Apr 11, 2014 07:34 AM
 
BurrRutledge

No problem, Daniel.

If you go to the link I posted above, you'll see a different video angle that (to my eyes) shows that Sanchez controlled the ball in his throwing hand outside his glove as Castro's foot slides into the glove. Maybe there was still a tag in there, but truly not clear.

Apr 11, 2014 08:49 AM
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jimcal

I think if Carlson were invoking review (he could actually do that, without Hurdle's request), he would have gotten the call right -- now, from what I saw and all the things I read, it was clear to me he use his discretion. From his angle there is no way he could judge the call correctly. If there is no video review capability, he HAD to use his discretion; however, we live in 2014 and what I see is someone refused to get the call right when he is not sure. #UmpShow for me.

Apr 11, 2014 08:59 AM
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BurrRutledge

I agree, definitely a reviewable circumstance. I don't believe the video would have been conclusive enough to change anyone's opinion of the original call.

Apr 11, 2014 10:37 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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Yeah, given the way that calls have "stood" on review this year, I can't see that call being changed. We can't see the inside of Sanchez's glove, or where exactly the ball is at the time of the tag, so I strongly doubt that could've been overturned.

Apr 11, 2014 11:00 AM
 
mdupske

Felix Hernandez isn't the only one close to the all-K short game. Last year Roy Halladay put up 9 K's in 3.1 IP in this game (http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/ATL/ATL201304030.shtml). That only put him one strikeout short of both.

Apr 11, 2014 19:33 PM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Good catch—I looked for pitchers who struck out 10 in 4 or 9 in 3, but in hindsight, my Play Index searches would have excluded 9 in 3 1/3. Thanks.

Apr 11, 2014 20:31 PM
 
BrewersTT

What is the all-time largest increase in walk rate from one season to the next?

Apr 13, 2014 06:05 AM
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