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Sunday, November 15, 2015

MLB to review runners coming off base on tag plays

Since the start of expanded video review for the 2014, more runners have been called out after fielder’s press their gloves against them, hoping they will come off the base for a split second during or after their slide.

“I’ve talked to a number of managers about that, and in a lot of ways they feel it’s unfair,” Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer, said Wednesday. “And yet when you’re dealing with replay and dealing with technology, it is what it is. If there’s a separation and his glove, the ball is on the runner, you can’t ignore that.”

Zach Posted: November 15, 2015 at 12:31 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: common sense, instant replay, rules of play

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Posnanski: Upon Further Review

But what I realized during those Rios and Gore overturns — and have thought about time and again while NFL people debate grand philosophical question like “What constitutes a catch?” — is that this whole notion of “getting the calls right” is a bottomless pit. We like to think of sports as beings solid, like baseballs. But they are not solid. Slow them down enough and they compress. They are smooshed.

Zach Posted: October 22, 2015 at 02:14 AM | 176 comment(s)
  Beats: instant replay

Monday, October 12, 2015

Replay Is Turning Baseball Into Football And I Hate It

To be fair, Terrance Gore never made a “football move.”

Astros manager A.J. Hinch challenged the play, sending the umpiring crew to a replay review. They determined that after sliding in safely, Gore’s foot popped off the bag for a brief moment, and that he was therefore out because the third baseman’s wrist (which I guess is part of the glove?) was still pressed against Gore’s body. If you watch the GIF above enough times, you can see why the umpires reversed the call, and you can even understand that Gore was, technically, out.

This isn’t really the kind of mistake instant replay was meant to rectify. There are certainly moments in which replay is a very good thing to have—determining if a home run really cleared the top of the fence or whether a ball is fair or foul come to mind—but the game is not served well when it’s used as a tool to reverse plays based on a base runner’s momentum popping his foot off the bag for a fraction of a second. Bases are hard, and I bet that if you looked at every slide in super slo-mo, you’d see a lot of feet popping a few millimeters off the bag for a split second. When a guy who’s functionally safe—and would be called such in most circumstances—gets called out like this, it makes the game more arbitrary, not less.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:58 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, astros, instant replay, royals, terrance gore

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Rougned Odor Slides Around Instant Replay | FanGraphs Baseball

I am not a fan of instant replay. It’s tedious. They often review calls and get it wrong. I also dislike when people complain about a call not getting overturned when there is no conclusive evidence. I watched the replay multiple times. To me it looks like his spikes are still touching the bag. At the least, it proves the evidence isn’t conclusive, which means the original call stands. The original call made by the umpire who was only a few feet away.

The glove is on the leg. The cleat, at least, isn’t firmly on the base. Because of the angle, we can’t conclusively say whether there was space between Odor and the bag. It seems probable there was.

After the review, the crew chief signaled safe. Odor was alive on second, the Rangers alive in the 14th, and shortly thereafter Odor would score the go-ahead and eventual winning run. For good measure, the Rangers added a run of insurance. Then came Ohlendorf, then came preparation for a long flight to Texas.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, instant replay, playoffs, rangers

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Goold: What was so foul about ump’s fair call : Sports

From the replay I saw (and I couldn’t find one on, the ball looked like it went over the bag. Nevertheless, Gould makes some good points about replay, which I’ve criticized many times. Maybe it would be a good idea to get rid of challenges and just put replay in the hands of an extra umpire.

Before we get to the rule, here’s the situation: With two runners already on base and the Cardinals leading by a run, Seth Maness delivers a pitch that Cubs rookie Addison Russell reaches out just to make contact. The ball clearly first hits the dirt in foul territory, only a few feet from the batter’s box. Russell does not break from the box. There is little reaction on the field as the players appear as if they believe the ball is going foul. It hugs the line and hops over the base – before again landing in foul territory beyond the base.

Cardinals first baseman Mark Reynolds cannot reach the ball, but also trots away from it as if it was a foul ball. It is in that millisecond that first-base umpire Pat Hoberg points that it is a fair ball.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 07:15 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, instant replay



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