obstruction rule

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    Re: obstruction rule

    In response to andrewmitch's comment:

    In response to LloydDobler's comment:

    In response to MattC05's comment:

    Unlike many other rules that assess penalties when an infraction occurs, the point of the obstruction rule is not to penalize the defense.  It is to assess what would have happened if no infraction occurred.  I don't think there is anyone here who would argue that if Craig HADN'T tripped over Middlebrooks, he wouldn't have scored.  That is the crux of it.  If Craig was able to run cleanly to home, it was an easy run scored.  He couldn't, so the umpires made the call.


    It was NOT a penalty against the Sox.  I think understanding that is key to getting past this call.



    Which we should probably all do, since it was three days ago.




    Craig continued to stumble all the way home.  Was the because of what happened w/ WMB 40 feet earlier?  No way.  He would had been out regardless.   It's not a free base - you proceed at your own risk.



    FWIW, I have NEVER seen obstruction called and the runner not awarded the next base.  It apears that if the umpires feel the obstruction is significant enough to call it's also significant enough to award the base. 

    In that regard it's much like a batted ball bouncing into the stands.  The umpires have the discretion to award baserunners as many bases as they feel that runner would have gotten, but I can't remember a time when they awarded anything other than than two bases. 

     
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    Re: obstruction rule

    He didn't have to trip over Middlebrooks. It was his own fault.

     
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    Re: obstruction rule

    Since he was between second and third when he decided to pin Middlebrooks to the ground with both hands maybe they should have awarded him third base? 

     
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    Re: obstruction rule

    I didn't like that call any more than any Red Sox fan did, but it WAS the right call.

    Nowhere does it say that the runner has to leave the side of 3B that's closest to home, but regardless of the side of the base the runner chooses to leave from that runner is entitled to an unfettered path directly to home plate, free of things like bodies lying in his way that he has to avoid, trip on, or step over.

    Whether it was intentional or not, Middlebrooks obstructed that path and in the process impeded the runner's progress to the plate.   By the current rules that's obstruction.  It may not be a good rule and it may be a rule that's going to be changed but at the time the play happened it WAS the rule and it was called and enforced properly.   

     
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    Re: obstruction rule

    Watch where you are going. We are all taught that as children. Craig did no do that. It was his own fault. The MLB Channel showed a number of similar plays. The infielder prone in the same area where Middlebrooks was. The base runners easily avoided the fielder.  I just hope the Sox win this thing, or that play will be long remembered.

     
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    Re: obstruction rule

    In response to patrickford's comment:

    Since he was between second and third when he decided to pin Middlebrooks to the ground with both hands maybe they should have awarded him third base? 



    Good one!

    Also, since he started running back towards 2B, shouldn't he have had to touch 3B again on his way back to home?

     
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    Re: obstruction rule

    I'm kind of kidding, but he is between second and third. He is not between third and home. 

     
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