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Old 07-31-2014, 08:42 PM
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I'm watching the Reds- Marlins game and another horrible call on the new rule. Stanton of the Marlins with great throw with the runner tagging up at 3rd and trying to score, he was out by a mile and never even thought of sliding then claimed the plate was blocked, the throw was a little up the 3rd base line but the plate was not blocked. Original call by the ump was that the runner was out but was overturned with a challenge. Marlins color man Tommy Hutton almost fell out of the booth as he was so upset with the call after the challenge call was made. The only way for the catcher not to partially block the runners path is just let the ball go through and let another run score as there was a runner on second, this rule has been a joke and has completely changed the game.
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:57 PM
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A tag can be made with the defensive player positioned in front of the base at 2nd and 3rd but but not at home which is the only base that a run can be scored at. Yea it doesnt make much sense.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:04 PM
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A tag can be made with the defensive player positioned in front of the base at 2nd and 3rd but but not at home which is the only base that a run can be scored at. Yea it doesnt make much sense.
And ironically you were never allowed to block any of the other bases, but earlier this year I saw Beckham do just that and get the out called at second...
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:06 PM
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And ironically you were never allowed to block any of the other bases, but earlier this year I saw Beckham do just that and get the out called at second...

Exactly, something is messed up and has to be corrected.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:11 PM
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Exactly, something is messed up and has to be corrected.
I understand the desire to reduce injuries, especially head and neck injuries and the catcher is a prime target to have those because he's got no way to hit back. He's just a punching bag for a full steam ahead collision, but perhaps the rule should be that runners cannot aggressively attack the catcher (they have to slide or dive or dance around) instead of saying the catcher cannot block the plate. Now if the catcher doesn't have the ball, that's a different issue, but something has to change from the sound of things. Catcher has to go where the ball is. Sometimes that's up the line or right there at home. A good throw will almost always leave the catcher "blocking the plate".
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:24 PM
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Exactly, something is messed up and has to be corrected.
Of course, catchers had to have the ball to legally block the plate, in theory at least. Some might have gotten away with blocking the plate wihtout the ball. It was harder to knock the ball out of a catcher's glove if the catcher was blocking the plate, and if a runner did, he still might not score.

Under the rules of previous seasons, I don't know that the Flowers error that allowed the Royals' winning run to score on the last homestand would have been an error.
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Old 07-31-2014, 10:24 PM
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What a dog**** call. When new rules go against common sense I get up set.

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