In response to moonslav59's comment:
Sorry, but I don't think this argument (highlighted) is valid.
Should I assume from your position that if there's a ball hit between two fielders and neither of them is sure that they can make the play that they should just pull up and let it drop? Or would you rather have one - or both - of them go after it, even if neither of them is sure they can make the play?
We all saw what happened less than a week ago when an OF assumed someone else was going to get a ball. I'd prefer to have a guy go after the ball unless he's called off.
Yes, the play you were talking about was prossibly not either fielder's fault. I do think Ellsbury knew he had it near the end of the play at least, and should have called off, I believe it was Nava, but maybe I shouldn't have brought it up. It wasn't a clear issue.
It's not my position to let it drop, but as soon as one player is pretty sure he can catch it or has the best chance to catch it, he should yell loudly, "I got it!" Since the Beltre play, I have watched Ellsbury very closely on tweeners, and I never see him call of anyone: never!
It is common baseball tradition for corner OF'ers to defer to the CF on tweeners, but the CF'er should still call for ones that are close.
The play with Beltre has been a hot issue. I have heard so many posters blame Beltre, blame Tito, and blame Theo, but hardly anyone puts any blame on Ellsbury. I must have replayed that play 50 times. Both players did exactly as the book says: run hard for the ball, until you are called off. Ellsbury's lips never moved. He clearly had the best read on the ball, and IF'er traditionally defer to OF'ers who have the better angle. To me, that collision was 100% Ellsbury's fault, so when people say his injuries were "freak injuries", I cringe at the notion. There ahve been other plays where I think Ellsbury should have called off the other OF'er or IF'er as they were not bang-bang plays in no man's land. He is a bit reckless in this area... not terribly so, but none the less, he is dangerous to himself and his teammates at times.
[/QUOTE] Don't think I subscribe to the position that the Beltre/Ellsbury collision was 100% Ellsbury's fault. As things often are it's just not that black & white. How about the SS responsibilty to help call one or the other off? And Theo sticking the fleetfooted Ellsbury in LF to accomodate the aging Cameron in CF.
Even with the mediocre arm, I consider Ellsbury the best defensive Centerfielder the Sox have ever had and that includes Dom Dimaggio, Jimmy Piersall and Fred Lynn. He has more speed than any of the past CFs and I think he gets to more balls than any of the others.