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Monday, April 14, 2014

Cameron: Baseball’s New Strategy: Drop the Ball on Purpose

Setting the stage for a Brant Brown comeback?

This year, in an attempt to clarify the difference between a catch and a transfer on plays around the [second] base bag, MLB informed teams that a clean transfer from glove to hand was now going to be a required element in making a legal catch. No longer could a player argue that the ball was dropped on the exchange between glove and hand in order to retire the lead runner in a double play attempt…

However, this rule isn’t just being applied to second base; it’s being applied everywhere, including the outfield…

it shouldn’t be too hard to spot the problem with using the same definition of a catch in the outfield as it is at second base; the drop at second base has no real impact on the runner’s decision making..

That is absolutely not true with runners and outfielders, however; the decision of whether to advance or return to base is entirely dependent on whether the outfielder is ruled to have safely caught the ball… now, the ball entering the glove is no longer the determining factor of whether or not the catch was made; that is now the ball moving from the glove to the hand… [an outfielder] can catch the ball in his glove, run in a direction for several steps, and still be ruled to have not caught the ball if he drops the ball on the transfer to his hand. This definition of an outfield catch opens up a huge can of worms, because this definition has now created the exact play that the infield fly rule was designed to eliminate…

If some enterprising team wants to test the rule, they should actually tell their left fielder that, on any play with runners at first and second and less than two outs, he should run the ball all the way back in to the infield, and then drop the ball only once he’s a few feet from the second base bag…

This is most likely going to be a one season nuisance than a long term problem, as everyone watching these plays can see the problems with this definition of a catch, and I can’t see any way in which anyone would support this definition staying in place… Most likely, we’re in for a year of weird plays like the ones from last week, where runners don’t know whether to advance or not, and teams get free outs when their fielders screw up.

The District Attorney Posted: April 14, 2014 at 06:54 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: rules, strategy

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Major League Baseball unveils state-of-the-art replay center | MLB.com

377 out of 50,000 calls. Do we really need instant replay?

Among the most impressive parts of the presentation were the statistics MLB compiled which showed how few “clear and convincing incorrect calls” were made by umpires in 2013. By MLB’s reckoning, there were only 377 out of some 50,000 that merited review. Only 27 times did it happen twice in a game. On just three occasions, it happened three times, never against the same team.

Linked fixed: Sorry, Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2014 at 09:01 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: instant replay, rules

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Tigers lose on walk-off balk

Among the first drills new Tigers manager Brad Ausmus worked on with his club in February was a rarely attempted pickoff move to third base.
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Honestly, it felt like a disaster waiting to happen when Ausmus introduced the drill, and on Friday night a perfect example of just how disastrous it can be played out when a little bit of miscommunication led to a game-ending balk in Detroit’s 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees.

SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 09, 2014 at 10:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rules, tigers

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

MLB adopts rule on collisions at plate

The new rule, 7.13, states “a runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).” A runner violating the rule shall be declared out, even if the fielder drops the ball.

And there are a lot more rules, too. If a catcher blocks the plate with the ball, a collision is still legal. If a catcher blocks the plate without the ball, the runner is automatically safe.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 25, 2014 at 01:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rule changes, rules, rules of play

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-19-2013

Milwaukee Journal, December 19, 1913:

It has been a question of how the rules could be changed to prevent a pitcher from purposely walking a batter. The latest suggestion for a rule which would give the batter a chance under such conditions comes from the veteran, Jack Doyle.

Doyle would force the pitcher to put at least one ball over the plate before he would be allowed to walk a batter. He claims that such a rule would give the batter a chance to show his prowess. The idea is a novel one, but it would not help matters much, for it would be neither fair to the batter nor pitcher.

Well, it’s not a great rule, but I like it more than I like interleague play or the DH.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: December 19, 2013 at 07:02 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, rules

 

 

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