Originally Posted by Ol' No. 2
The decision has to be made well before that. Throwing up a stop sign when a runner is going full throttle around third is a great way to blow out a hamstring. If the throw to Grudz isn't perfect, if he hesitates slightly getting the ball out of his glove, if he doesn't have a good grip on the ball and double-clutches, if the throw is even a little bit up the line, Iguchi would have been safe and everyone would have been raving about what a great job Cora did. In fact, just last week people were ripping on him because he didn't send Konerko home from first base on a double.
I don't care how good your cleanup hitter his, he's going to make an out 70% of the time. And no matter how much the odds are in your favor, sometimes you roll snake-eyes. It was a calculated gamble, and it was absolutely the right decision.
Yes the decision does have to be made well before. And the wrong decision was made. Sanders got to the ball cleanly, didn't bobble it, the throw was perfect, Cora should have seen that, and he also should have seen Grudz handled the relay perfectly. I have seen my share of 3rd base coaches throw up the stop sign whie a runner is going full throttle, so that isn't even an excuse. It wasn't raining or the conditions weren't bad, so to come up with that kind of excuse is just plain ridiculous. As for the 70% your talking about, that's a pretty weak argument. Most hitters are gonna fail 70% of the time, everyone knows that, but I would rather have my cleanup hitter, who is making about 14 million a year, face a pitcher who was clearly struggling in that inning, and had already given up 2 runs. I'd much rather hav Paulie coming up with men on 2nd and 3rd, then try to force a run to score when it was visible to everyone that, there was no way Iguchi was gonna score. If Cora is doing his job then he is watching to see if Sanders get to the ball cleanly, which he did, then he watches the relay throw to see if it was off line,which it wasn't it was a strike to Grudz. Cora should have held him up as soon as he saw Sanders field that ball cleanly!!! It wasn't absolutely the right decision, it was absolutely the wrong decision and one of the dumbest decisions I have see since the last time Cora sent someone and was he was out by a mile. If I am gonna gamble I want a guy batting .300 with 83rbi and men on 2nd and 3rd, against a pitcher with an ERA of 8 who had already given up 2 runs in the inning. I don't want to gamble on a 3rd base coach sending a runner when he shouldn't have.