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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Rizzo’s slide into catcher stirs Cubs-Bucs debate

PITTSBURGH—Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo’s hard slide into Pirates catcher Elias Diaz broke up a double play, forced an errant throw into right field that scored two runs and left everyone in both clubhouses debating whether the play was legal, clean or dirty.

Umpires ruled that Rizzo’s eighth-inning slide was legal, and a replay review upheld the call. Cubs manager Joe Maddon was irate that the play was reviewed in the first place, and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was ejected after arguing that it wasn’t overturned. The confusion and controversy lingered on well after the Cubs’ 7-0 win over the Bucs on Monday at PNC Park.

“At the end of the day, we’ve put a rule in at home plate to protect the catchers,” Hurdle said. “And based on the information I got today, and the video I’ve been able to watch a few different times, seems like we’ve just put open season tags on the catchers on a force play in front of home plate. Our catcher, he makes the play just like he’s supposed to make it and he gets wiped out with a hard baseball slide. I mean there’s potential injury. I don’t see the rule fitting the means there.”

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 30, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 199 comment(s)
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