Re: Jim Joyce-- now has two of the worst calls in Major League History
posted at 10/27/2013 5:28 PM EDT
In response to J-BAY's comment:
In response to notin's comment:
In response to user_3952186's comment:
In response to DirtyWaterLover's comment:
Why? He made the right call. The runner tripped over a player lying across the base path. It's obstruction. Unless the player is fielding a ball, the base path belongs to the runner.
Salty wears the horns for the loss. Make a better throw and the player is out at 3rd.
How should the call be made if the runner goes backwards on the baseline? Craig went to the SS side of the bag, going to a space he already occupied and in so doing initiated the contact. Not saying there wasn't interference but I would tend to believe the rule is based on the fielder initiating the contact/interference, not the runner.
The call was made but I dont think it was the right call.
Rule 2.00 defines obstruction as a fielder impeding any runner. Nothing bout baselines. Nothing abut fielder's right to get get up. Basically, like most rules, a lot is left up to the umpire, and Joyce felt Middlebrooks impeding Craig.
And he might not have called it a such had Middlebrooks not lifted his lower legs, tripping Craig, but that is speculation.
Most baseball defintions are more vague than people realize...
Notin, after watching the replay several times, when Craig tripped, MWB legs were straight on the ground. The rule is vague. This play will force MLB address it during the offseason, for more clarification.
He put them up. Craig is not even at him in this pic.
Some have speculated Middlebrooks raised them to clear a path and not obstruct. Othere that he did so knowing it was the only way to prevent Craig from scoring, and you never know when you will get away with it, or if Craig will stop running and argue an obstruction call (like Miguel Tejada in the 2003 ALDS), which would actually negate the obstruction call.