Re: The New Outfield Fly Rule, Throwing Errors, And A Bunt...
posted at 10/6/2012 11:34 AM EDT
In response to notin's comment:
1. The call did not cost the Braves anything. Their horrific infield defense did.
2. The umpire got the call right. Learn the rule. It applies to outfielders as well, and that is specifically stated in the rulebook...
It's a judgement call and an interpretation of the rules. Ask yourself what is the purpose of the call? It's to protect the baserunners from having the fielder drop the ball on purpose so as to get a double play. It only applies to either 1st and 2nd or the bases loaded with less than two outs.
1. Would the fielder, assuming the ball dropped been able to get a double play due to the players not running.
2. Was it at or near the infield? Read the wording highlighted please. Yes it doesn't matter, but the ball was 225 feet away from home plate. The longest infield fly rule all year in baseball this season was measured at 185 feet.
Who knows if the Braves would have come back, but it was a horrible call.
An INFIELD FLY is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out. The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule.
When it seems apparent that a batted ball will be an Infield Fly, the umpire shall immediately declare Infield Fly for the benefit of the runners. If the ball is near the baselines, the umpire shall declare Infield Fly, if Fair.
The ball is alive and runners may advance at the risk of the ball being caught, or retouch and advance after the ball is touched, the same as on any fly ball. If the hit becomes a foul ball, it is treated the same as any foul.
If a declared Infield Fly is allowed to fall untouched to the ground, and bounces foul before passing first or third base, it is a foul ball. If a declared Infield Fly falls untouched to the ground outside the baseline, and bounces fair before passing first or third base, it is an Infield Fly.
Rule 2.00 (Infield Fly) Comment: On the infield fly rule the umpire is to rule whether the ball could ordinarily have been handled by an infieldernot by some arbitrary limitation such as the grass, or the base lines. The umpire must rule also that a ball is an infield fly, even if handled by an outfielder, if, in the umpires judgment, the ball could have been as easily handled by an infielder. The infield fly is in no sense to be considered an appeal play. The umpires judgment must govern, and the decision should be made immediately.
When an infield fly rule is called, runners may advance at their own risk. If on an infield fly rule, the infielder intentionally drops a fair ball, the ball remains in play despite the provisions of Rule 6.05 (L). The infield fly rule takes precedence.