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Maddon Protests Game Over Pitcher's Toe-Tap

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Cubs Manager Joe Maddon protested Saturday's Cubs-Nationals game, asserting HP Umpire Sam Holbrook's crew failed to apply Official Baseball Rule 5.07(a) Comment to Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle, alleging that Doolittle took a prohibited second step during his delivery, and that the umpires...

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I believe section 7:04 2nd paragraph (if it has not changed since 2018), could come into play with a final ruling even if protest is upheld.

"Even if is held that the protested decision violated the rules, no replay of the game will be ordered unless in the opinion of the League President the violation adversely affected the protesting teams "chances of winning the game"".

Wonder if there are new analytics to cover the phrases "adversely affected", and "chances of winning the game" and what percentage it would require to implement (one or both) replaying the game. 100%, 90%, 80%, etc. Remember, analytics are the new 'superior being', 'be all end all', in existence now for everything in life.

 

And for those who really like to dig deep, a link to the "Major League Rules", no it does not say "playing rules", and no this is not the player's CBA, but it does encompass MiLB. Basically the old Blue Book that you will see at Baseball memorabilia/card shows.

This is the one with good ole rule 21d (1) ,(2), (3).

 

better check out good ole rule 11.13 page 275 for 'minor leagues'. 200 square feet. so minimum 20 by 10 for new facilities. check those MiLB lighting requirements rule 12.8 page 279.

 

http://www.mlbplayers.com/pdf9/5487511.pdf

 

P. S.  And maybe this will force MLB to more directly address the issue. Much like the card issue that has now been addressed. Maybe Joe Torre could address the issue with an on-field demo through a video tape, of himself showing how to perform a one step pitch to the plate simply and legally with no nonsense in between.

After all, he did play on the field, manage on the field and is a Hall of Famer. Just like all kids, I am sure he has thrown from a windup and a stretch somewhere at sometime from a local mound, even if just old pickup games growing up.

 

 

 

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