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Sorry Braves fans. But that nonsense rule that doesn't exist in any other league of baseball, the rule which was exploited to severely interrupt a great momentum swing by the bravos, did you in (as well as some unfortunate errors).
But please do tell me more about how that rule is what Baseball originators wanted. Tell me more about how it is legit in any way.
I know baseball. I don't know what MLB is. But after having recognized its unimportance the past decade, it's obviously not baseball. It's a devolved form of such a great game.
In what baseball league does the infield fly rule not exist?
Sorry Sir but that rule exits in every form of baseball and softball.
I'll begin this by saying I'm a Braves fan. I know my baseball, and they executed the infield fly in the correct position. It doesn't matter where on the field the ball is as long as its fair. They did not execute the rule correctly though. The call is supposed to be made quickly, in this case it was made with the ball 15 to 20 feet off the ground. In this case, I believe, the umpires should have gotten together and over turned the call. But it's over now, the protest has already been denied.
The studio guy for TBS said the infield fly is supposed to be called by the infield umpire, but the outfield umpire made the call. Terrible call..
As I posted earlier, the call was correct, it was the execution of the call. It was also a late call.
I wonder if the barn can protest the ass whoopin that we gave them last year down on the uggliest village on the plains.
Way to go Cards!
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I understand that the call can be made on an outfield play, but in this instance it was very poor judgement to make the call, regardless of the fact the call was late. Also, if what the TBS announcer said is true about the infield/outfield ump, then it was illegal anyways.
I know he said that, but I don't believe there's any actual wording in the rule as to who has to make the call. Also this is a unique situation with the extra umps for the playoffs. The rule is basically called by the plate umpire, but anyone of the umpires can call it, I believe.
Can you show me where the Outfield Fly Rule is in the rulebook?
I can the Infield Fly Rule.
Your right. Any umpire can call it and the one that calls it can't be overruled.
Look, the outfielder would have caught the ball with no problem, but he miscommunicated or either he heard the ump make the call and backed off. Either way, it isn't like the ump mis-called a homerun or something here. One bad call didn't lose this game for the Braves. They had 3 errors. Left 12 men on base. That's what lost the game, not a late correct call (it was correct call, but late).
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I didn't realize backtracking 30 to 40 feet behind the infield still counted as the infield.
We lost. That sucks. But that call was atrocious.
Rule 2.00 (Infield Fly) Comment: On the infield fly rule 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. 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.
This is a judgment call by the ump when called that deep, and yes it can be called in the outfield. I am a Braves fan, I hate it happened, the umps made a mistake with the way they called the rule, not that they were wrong in calling it.
Check these gifs out and you will change your mind about him making the catch even after the fly was called.
I've played baseball for a long time. I've coached for a good while. The call was not executed correctly, not was it executed in a timely manner. Absolutely horrible call. Would it have changed the outcome? Who knows? But, you have to at least give the players on the field...and that's the key no matter which team it is...give the PLAYERS the chance to work it out on the field!
I wax watching MLBTV a few minutes ago and they went into a discussion on the call. While discussing one of the guys pointed out that the Cardinal SS was standing on a light colored strip of grass when he planted and bailed on the play, the ball landed on a dark strip of grass. Those mower strips are 4 feet wide, IMHO no one can adjust 4 feet in roughly .5 seconds. So with that out there do y'all still think this would have been "ordinary effort?"
I'm with you. There is no way that should've been called an infield fly. I would be willing to bet money that 99,999 out of 100,000 times that play would not be called an infield fly. It would be different if the infielder was 1 or 2 steps on the grass, but that guy ran a good 10 to 12 strides into the outfield. He was so far out there that I would've gotten onto my outfielder for not calling him off if I were the coach. That umpire should be investigated b/c it looks like he purposely bailed that guy out. I have watched the replay 10 times where you can see the umpire call it. He doesn't call it until after the shortstop pulls forward away from the ball. No one pulls off of a fly ball when an infield fly is called. That shortstop new he had gone into the outfielder's zone and pulled up expecting the outfielder to catch it. He doesn't look at the umpire, he looks back for his outfielder.
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