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April 24, 2014

What You Need to Know

Pineda and Pine Tar, Part Two

by Daniel Rathman


The Wednesday Takeaway
Not-pro tip: If you get caught using pine tar once, then insult everyone’s eyesight by telling them it was dirt, you probably shouldn’t get caught using pine tar again.

Michael Pineda didn’t get that memo:

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John H.

I'm trying not to be a homer, but in the Rangers game there was an overturned call on a play at the plate. Rios was ruled safe when he slid in, then in replay it was shown that he had been tagged out before touching the base. There was a legitimate questions about whether or not Norris blocked the plate.

I know the Rangers have a had a couple of transfer plays go against them this year (which has been discussed elsewhere because you guys rock) and I'm beginning to wonder if this replay system is more nuanced than Wash realizes (can he challenge to overturn out call because the plate was blocked).

I've heard a lot about the replay system being misunderstood or not fully understood and I'm curious who all is to blame for these shenanigans.

Apr 24, 2014 11:26 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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If you want to watch the play John H. is referring to, here is a link to the video:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32316119/texoak-rios-called-out-at-home-after-review-in-1st?partnerId=as_mlb_20140423_22535954

Apr 24, 2014 11:57 AM
 
oldbopper

I thought the reason for the rule was to end collisions at home plate, but the interpretation that I am hearing, and seeing, is that the catcher can block the plate after he receives the ball. What then prevents a runner who is hopelessly out to pull a Pete Rose and knock a Ray Fosse imitator into the 4th row? This play looks like it could have been that type of play but Rios chose to slide.

Apr 24, 2014 15:51 PM
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brianwilliams42

The umpire just calls the runner out anyway. If the catcher has the ball and has position, its basically a dead play, the batter is out.

If the catcher doesn't have the ball but blocks the plate, the batter is safe, in theory. Even if the catcher then receives the ball and applies the tag after the runner slides around the catcher (and maybe misses home plate trying to avoid contact).

That's my interpretation, but these guys are the pros and may have a better answer.

Apr 24, 2014 20:14 PM
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