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  1. retirments

  2. Backswing interference?

    The problem, in my eyes, is that his call can be supported by the rule as written. If he deemed there to be no interference, why should what's written in the comment even matter if the rule it's commenting on doesn't apply? Obviously Torre's made clear how MLB wants this ruled going forward.
  3. Backswing interference?

    I agree with you. MLB has certainly made its view clear now. Unfortunately the ambiguity in the rule book allowed this situation to occur. My issue is that Torre is basically throwing Layne under the bus even though his ruling can be supported by the rule book. And as much as I hate to make a weak "common sense" argument in a rules discussion, his ruling allowed things to play out fairly, in my opinion. http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/21174468/joe-torre-confirms-wrong-call-made-passed-ball-nlds-game-5-cubs-nationals
  4. Backswing interference?

    The way I would read the rule book, the comments are there to clarify rules as you apply them. The relevant rule is 6.03(a)3, but Layne judged no interference, so I don't care what the comment says because the rule doesn't apply. Clearly MLB doesn't agree with that interpretation. They should fix the rule book, because Layne's call can be supported in black and white.
  5. Backswing interference?

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/21174468/joe-torre-confirms-wrong-call-made-passed-ball-nlds-game-5-cubs-nationals I assume he's referencing something in the MLB Umpires Manual? The way it's written in the rulebook, the correct call was made.
  6. How in the world can you change that call?

    Correct me if I'm wrong as I'm very tired, but wouldn't that make it a foul tip for strike three in their eyes?
  7. The only thing I don't like about it, and I have this problem with replay in the NFL too, is that I like replay to fix the obvious miss. Not the split second off the bag cheap out.
  8. Backswing interference?

    In my view as the two rules that the comment applies to don't apply here, in Layne's judgment, you don't even need to read the comment as it doesn't apply either.
  9. Backswing interference?

    I think the relevant portion is 6.03(a)(3) And the comment that everyone is citing: Paired with Layne's explanation, I'd say the comment holds no relevance, as Layne ruled the minor contact didn't qualify as interference since the pitch went to the backstop and the runners only advanced at that point. I'd say his explanation has rule support.
  10. Backswing interference?

    Wieters admitted he should have blocked Scherzer's pitch, but he attempted to appeal the play by citing interference on Baez's backswing. Home-plate umpire Jerry Layne, the crew chief, told Wieters the rule only applies when a runner is attempting to steal a base. "Backswing interference is a play where a guy is stealing or there's a play being made by a runner hindering the catch. It was a wild pitch and went past him," Layne said. "That is no longer in that particular description, in my judgment. In my judgment, the passed ball changed the whole rule around to where, in my judgment, it had nothing to do with everything [that happened]. Therefore, it didn't have any effect on it, in my judgment."
  11. Kneeling for National Anthem

    How un-American of you.
  12. Cuban Team Gets Physical With Umpires

    I figured as much, but I just stumbled across it today.
  13. Don't know if this ever came up here. Anyone know anything more? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2dG0xJc3Rs
  14. ESPN MLB Rules Quiz from 2013

    I got 10/10 also, but I'll freely admit that I wasn't completely sure on which infraction provided the manager with a choice: balk or CI. Made the correctly slightly educated guesses though.
  15. ESPN MLB Rules Quiz from 2013

    My favorite thing about this, and Gil noted this in his article as well, is that these are all two-choice questions. You'd think that in the long run with pure guessing, the average would be roughly 50%. Average Score: 38% Obviously this speaks to the rules knowledge of those taking the quiz, but does it also suggest that some of the rules in the quiz may be counter-intuitive to people with little or no rules knowledge coming in?