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Friday, May 07, 2021

MLB teams can’t play games under protest anymore

For those of us of “a certain age,” the photo above brings back memories of Cubs manager Leo Durocher arguing with an umpire over ... well, just about anything. Sometimes, depending on the situation, those arguments resulted in filing an official protest with the league, “playing the game under protest,” in the vernacular of the time.

League officials would review the protest and make a judgment. 99.9 percent of the time, the protests were disallowed. Perhaps the most famous example of a protest that was upheld was the George Brett “Pine Tar Game” in 1983, when Brett’s apparent home run was taken away because his bat was seen to have pine tar above the legal limit. The game was ordered replayed from that point on.

I have learned that this is no longer possible. Official Baseball Rule 7.04, which covers protested games, has been amended for 2021 and now reads:

Protesting a game shall never be permitted, regardless of whether such complaint is based on judgment decisions by the umpire or an allegation that an umpire misapplied these rules or otherwise rendered a decision in violation of these rules.

This is interesting, despite the fact that almost no protests were ever upheld. What if there actually is “a decision rendered in violation of these rules” by an umpire or umpiring crew? There won’t be any recourse for teams.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2021 at 10:08 AM | 30 comment(s)
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