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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)
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