Re: Jim Joyce-- now has two of the worst calls in Major League History
posted at 10/27/2013 12:49 PM EDT
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...
How vague is the runner choosing to run out of the baseline to force the contact?
Can he run to the pitchers mound, collide with the pitchers, fall down, and cry "Obstruction"?
Craig clearly took a step towards 2B, and then turned to home. Middy was out of his way, had Craig not chosen the path of most resistance.