This articulates what I believe far better than I have been able to express so far.
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We don't nearly appreciate the extent to which luck decides who wins or loses baseball games
Well you damn well should. One hanging change-up not thrown and a couple of singles strung together and we're watching Tigers-Cards.
I think whatever leeway they give is designed to avoid obvious exploitation - for example, if Craig were to be on the foul side of 3b, then run toward Middlebrooks (thus not toward home) for no reason other than to collide with him.
That's not even leeway, is it?
This article simply ignores the definitive sentence in the rule:
"After a fielder has made an attempt to field a ball and missed, he can no longer be in the act of fielding the ball."
Upon rereading the article it's not clear to me Miller agrees with me on the guess. He's claiming the umpires didn't know which way to call it, so they picked one.
If I hadn't traveled back in time and stepped on that butterfly, you'd be watching Brooklyn Dodgers-Tokyo Giants.
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