Mixup on infield fly in ninth kills Twins' rally

  • Article by: La Velle E. Neal III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 25, 2013 - 7:45 AM


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amavisJul. 24, 1311:56 PM

The umpire misquote the rule. It does NOT say the fielder has to be in a position to make the play, but that he can make the play with normal effort. The Twins should have protested the call because a misinterpretation of a rule can be protest. The misinterpretation means it wasn't a judgment call. This was the worst umpiring crew that I have seen all year. The first two games featured the most inconsistent ball and strike calling, even though some calls help while others hurt the Twins. Even if it evened out, there is no excuse for pitchers that go across the middle of the zone to be called balls about a third of the time.

Jakein08Jul. 25, 13 7:48 AM

Morneau needs to do more than pop up to the pitcher in that situation. It was a bad call though.....

gcrackerJul. 25, 13 7:58 AM

If it wasn't for the lousy umpires, the Twins would be a perfect 162-0 every season!

mrf26858Jul. 25, 13 8:09 AM

The non-call tainted what was otherwise a pretty good game. Not that it necessarily would have led to any other result, but you should expect more from MLB Umpires.

sblakeupJul. 25, 13 9:34 AM

@amavis: +1. From MLB rules: "An INFIELD FLY is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out. The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule..." This is not intended to diminish Weaver's gem, but Gardy was right. The rule exists specifically because of this play's outcome: Frieri intentionally allowed the ball to drop and was rewarded with an easy double play. The blue crew blew this particular call. There's no provision in the rule for a 20 foot arc nor an infielding comfortably getting into a position to make the play.

jastkeJul. 25, 13 9:54 AM

If this was indeed a call that could be protested then the manager and the coaching staff should be held accountable for not doing so. Protests are also a case where instant replay could be used, either by the on-field umpires or by personnel on call at MLB HQ. (Have I seen this done in the NHL??) That way if the protest is upheld the game can be resumed on the spot instead of waiting for the process to play out and having to resume play on another date.

stlynnJul. 25, 1310:04 AM

In my opinion the umpires misinterpreted the rule. I certainly hope that this is something that is reviewed and addressed by the umpire association. It seems that there have been more missed calls and foul-ups this year than I have seen in a long time. I will agree thought, that Morneau needs to do more than hit an anemic pop fly.

nshoreJul. 25, 1311:17 AM

There's one sure healthful benefit of watching Twins games for Rod Carew, should he choose to do so. He can count on an opportunity for a long, loud, deep, braying, gasping, tears in the eyes belly laugh almost every time the Twins attempt to bunt the baseball.

BallFourJul. 25, 1312:05 PM

The umpires were too busy thinking about leaving the field to finish the work they're paid for. Who needs 'em?

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