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So, by letting the defense get away with a violation, they would be letting the players decide the game? No, they'd be abdicating their responsibility. The players decided that game when Salty made an awful decision and worse throw and Middlebrooks didn't make the safe play to secure the ball above all else. The umps just correctly called what happened.
And Sam? Go take some umpire training. Not a single trained umpire at any level would see this play any differently than the MLB crew saw it. There was no guessing.
Is there any chance Hamilton makes it to the bigs when rosters expand as a pinch runner?
"1) MLB prohibits anyone from being a majority owner in another sports league"
Um...what about Mike Ilitch?
Kirk Gibson debuted in 1979, but what's five years between friends?
You went full Mackey Sasser. Never go full Mackey Sasser.
You quoted the rule--and yet you still think Span made a legal catch? Voluntary release is absolutely required, and he made no such release.
The dropped ball on the turn is not a "catch" and subject to a different criterion of possession.
Pettitte should be kept out simply for the damage he has done to the future of baseball fandom.
It's not FOX, it's not commercials, making these games go four hours...it's Pettitte, all by himself.
At least, that's my reaction to tonight. When people are arguing his case, I'm going to remember his 35,498 throws to first, after which Rollins stole second without Posada even making a throw.
Good question on the 5 min. None of my youth baseball colleagues could figure that one out either.
Again, if U2 is yelling "That's a catch!"--and I'm not saying he was--Matsui's got few excuses. (Neither does U1, in that instance.) On the other hand, there's no outcome that called for him to stand around in the cutout either--he wasn't headed to the dugout or a base.
You expect the ump to make the call in 0.000001 sec? Banging the elbow the way he did made it clear to every amateur ump I know what he had called, and I hope (though never heard for sure) that he was screaming "That's a catch!" Would have helped if he'd pointed at the catch, though.
I have no idea what flavor of illegal intoxicant you are smoking that gets Matsui to second, though.
Given the end of game situation, shouldn't you be looking at win expectancy?
We get enough bullpucky from coaches and "fans" as it is, and how we're ruining little Johnny's big league career. I really don't want to have to be compared to machines.
The problem with making calls on the bases via the TV feed is that the angles are all different, and not the ones umps are trained to take. Not that the MLB umps always get the right either; the next time I see one moving who actually stops to set as the play gets there will be the first. There's probably some room for a pitch f/x system, though.
I tend to think accountability, rather than automation, is the answer, even at the plate (though I can be swayed on that.) While the pro guys are really really good, there's no reason not to weed them out until we get the best of the best.
Congrats and huzzahs to both!