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July 7, 2014

What You Need to Know

Weekend Wrap-Up, 7/7

by Daniel Rathman


The Independence Day Weekend Takeaway
Some 24 hours before the A’s put the finishing touches on the summer’s first big trade, the team already on the field was involved in a replay-enabled controversy.

Setting the stage:

  • The Blue Jays and Athletics were tied 0-0 in the top of the second inning on Thursday, and Toronto had the bases loaded with one out.
  • Anthony Gose bounced to first baseman Nate Freiman, who attempted a tag on Munenori Kawasaki, the runner previously on first.
  • First-base umpire Vic Carapazza ruled that Freiman did not tag Kawasaki. This was important for two reasons: First, it meant that Kawasaki would eventually be safe at second; second, it meant tha, in Vogt’s mind, the force was still in effect at home.
  • Freiman threw to Vogt, who stepped on the plate, assuming that he’d retired the lead runner, Edwin Encarnacion. The bases were still loaded, but now there were two outs for Jose Reyes.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons asked for a review. In an odd twist, the skipper challenged that his own player, Kawasaki, ruled safe on the play, was actually out via tag. If reversed, that call would have eliminated the force at the plate. Since Vogt did not tag Encarnacion, the run would count, giving the Jays a 1-0 lead.

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Dodger300

I follow baseball pretty closely over the weekend, so it amazes me how much fresh, pertinent, and interesting information you provide to enlarge my view of what occurred.

Great job!

Jul 07, 2014 07:54 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Thanks!

Jul 07, 2014 14:22 PM
 
kmostern

I think this one is easy to solve.

It is obvious that a replay review can't allow a run to score that could easily have been prevented if the fielder had responded to the situation differently. Why shouldn't the replay official be allowed, using the discretion to place runners already in place, to send Kawasaki back to third - in other words, to create the base out situation that would have occurred if the call on the field had stood, just with different runners?

Another straightforward way you can avoid this situation is by saying that a manager cannot challenge a call favorable to his own side. What is the advantage of allowing a manager to claim that his own runner is tagged out but was incorrectly called safe? It would never come up unless it was used to create an injustice around the opposing team's fielding. So you just ban it, period.

Jul 07, 2014 13:20 PM
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