100% agree with you...he was self preservation on that...he only tried to field it that way b/c his footwork was so awful he was left with no other option. He goes right foot and he can probably catch the throw in flight, out in front. I'm okay with the no call....but I think the no-call folks are leaning too heavily on a throw that an MLB first baseman probably field 99 out of 100 times with a compliant runner. I might be the only one on the planet who thinks this...but this is a far more complicated call than what some are making it.
A "quality throw" is not a throw that has to hit F3 in the sternum. It's a throw that could result in the batter/runner being retired without extraneous effort from F3.
There's some judgment in what that is...but I think many umpires have too high of a standard for a "quality throw" when Wendelstedt even says that a "true throw" is not required especially when the batter/runner know exactly what he's doing.
Harry's Hints from Wendlestedt:
"Though a throw does not need to be "true," if there is no possible play on the runner because of where the ball was thrown, there cannot be interference for being outside the running lane. Just because a fielder must leave the bag to catch the throw does not remove the possibility of calling interference for running outside of the running lane"