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  1. How does this happen?

    That's the toughest part of this for me. The fact that they both missed it. I'm sure we've all had a pretty bad miss at some point. It's just kind of bizarre that it happened to these two on the same play.
  2. How does this happen?

    https://deadspin.com/two-umpires-suspended-after-teaming-up-to-make-worst-ca-1827745836 Both PU and U1 were suspended for the remainder of the Mexican League season over this call. I just have no idea how this could happen. Both PU and U1 missed it. It reminds me of, I think, Ed Rapuano a few years back on a play at first involving the Tigers, but that was just one umpire. It's just very strange. I'd ask if there's an issue of sports official corruption in Mexico, but that wouldn't even make sense here. It's the 0-1 pitch. Does anyone have any ideas? It's just mind-boggling.
  3. Time between games

    Maybe there should be a "wait around fee," especially if there's going to be a significant amount of time between games. I can certainly see how a "travel fee" would only be given once, as I imagine that's supposed to cover your costs to get there, and you didn't drive back home between games, did you?
  4. Time between games

    I always got at least two game checks for a double header. There were even a few cases where I got paid extra to have the plate for both games or to pick it up on short notice.
  5. I agree with the commenter on the site. Replay was put in place to fix the obvious wrong. In this case, he missed the tag. Runner should be safe. Nitpicking that the runner's foot briefly came off the base isn't what I see as the purpose for replay, and it's different that a runner over-sliding a base. There needs to be a preset, enforced time limit for reviews. If it takes more than a minute to make a decision, whatever was called on the field should stand. I believe the NFL had a rule like that initially. EDIT: https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/its-time-to-change-the-slide-rule/ An interesting article on the topic. I'm not sure how realistic their proposal is, but I do think it would improve the game.
  6. Other than the silly argument about whether or not there was a shove(there were two), he's right about the argument itself. I didn't watch the game, so I can't speak to his comment about earlier pitches.
  7. Strange Ground Rule Double

    Going off of the ground rules posted above, I guess this rule is unique to Houston(and perhaps other stadiums with similar wall design)? Batted ball strikes higher wall or railing and rebounds over lower wall: Home Run. It seems as though if a similar play had happened in Houston, it would have been a home run? Also, just watching that play in Kansas City, I feel like that "should" be a home run. I understand why it wasn't, but it still "looked" like a home run.
  8. Strange Ground Rule Double

    https://www.mlb.com/video/altuves-odd-ground-rule-double/c-2060415683?tid=63817564 That happened in today's Astro's-Indians game. Certainly not something you see every day. I didn't catch all of it, but I believe the explanation given on the telecast was that the ball was no longer "in flight" after it hit the fence. I'm a little surprised this is treated differently than a ball bouncing off the top of the wall given the rarity of this happening.
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  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.