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(Yahoo)   The Colorado Rockies are literally finding new ways to lose baseball games   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 43
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2012-09-07 10:10:48 AM  
My team did that.

/we were 10-years old.
 
2012-09-07 11:32:53 AM  
I hope the Braves find a way to hang an earned run on some pitchers again sometime soon. They haven't managed that feat since Monday night. Every night has been LOBster night at Turner Field since then.
 
2012-09-07 11:55:48 AM  
Funny thing: If it had been the umpire throwing the ball to Chacin - which happens sometimes after a foul or ball switcheroo - and the throw got loose, the play would have remained dead and Francisco wouldn't have been allowed to score.


Yup. When a ball not in play is ruled dead, whether the umpire says so by word or unambiguous physical indication, then no baseman can advance until the ball has been put into play if and until the pitcher, while possessing the ball, then steps on the rubber. If, however, he steps off the rubber no baseman can advance unless the pitcher balks, in which case all baserunners advance one (1) base. If the baserunners advance without tagging up, the base is considered "held" and any baserunner who tags that base before the original baserunner tags up is deemed out, although this out is not assessed against the team (a la the "batter drops the third strike but the batter can still reach 1st safely).
 
2012-09-07 12:02:16 PM  
Major League Baseball is the only sport where the defense puts the ball in play

Nope. Cricket.

Also, you could consider the kickoff in a football game to be the defense putting the ball in play.
 
2012-09-07 12:06:11 PM  
Almost as good as a "Walk-Off Strike-out Loss" that the Marlins managed to put together one day.
 
2012-09-07 12:10:15 PM  
I saw that happen at least ten times this summer.

(little league)
 
2012-09-07 12:21:10 PM  
If by "new" you mean "hasn't happened in the majors in 7 years" then ok.
 
2012-09-07 12:29:51 PM  
So are they no longer a top 20 team?
 
2012-09-07 12:33:19 PM  

DeWayne Mann: If by "new" you mean "hasn't happened in the majors in 7 years" then ok.


You really have to be careful when you start tossing around words such as, "literally," submitter...

/same goes for "unique"
 
2012-09-07 12:47:32 PM  
A somewhat more heads-up shortstop could have gotten the runner out pretty easily, I think, but it's hard to fault him too much for the split second he took before he knew what was happening. It didn't help that he was standing on the outfield grass (talk about positioning the defense to concede a run).
 
2012-09-07 01:04:14 PM  

Ow My Balls: DeWayne Mann: If by "new" you mean "hasn't happened in the majors in 7 years" then ok.

You really have to be careful when you start tossing around words such as, "literally," submitter...


Right - because I'm not sure how it's possible to figuratively lose a ball game. Also if we go with the literal sense of 'literal' then letters must somehow have been involved in the loss:)

/also - fielding silliness aside, the Rockies' pitching experiment is working. Discuss.
 
2012-09-07 01:06:14 PM  

Ow My Balls: DeWayne Mann: If by "new" you mean "hasn't happened in the majors in 7 years" then ok.

You really have to be careful when you start tossing around words such as, "literally," submitter...

/same goes for "unique"


What about VERY unique?
 
2012-09-07 01:07:43 PM  
I didn't even know that that play could happen.
 
2012-09-07 01:09:06 PM  

DeWayne Mann: What about VERY unique?


That's depends on what your definition of "very" is. I think we should all open our Outlook calendars and schedule a meeting on this matter.
 
2012-09-07 01:12:56 PM  

Killer Cars: That's depends


How do you score a typing error in the box score?
 
2012-09-07 01:14:35 PM  
(watches video)

Oh, Jesus H. Christ....
 
2012-09-07 01:16:43 PM  

rickythepenguin: until the ball has been put into play if and until the pitcher, while possessing the ball, then steps on the rubber


I've heard other people say that, but play resumes when the umpire calls "play ball". Yes, he might wait until the pitcher engages the rubber, but the engaging alone is not enough.... the umpire has to motion or say "play on".
 
2012-09-07 01:18:12 PM  
Go Rockies!
 
2012-09-07 01:19:29 PM  

Killer Cars: Killer Cars: That's depends

How do you score a typing error in the box score?


Depends. Was it a mental or a physical mistake? If physical, would the average typist properly execute that word?

If you answered "mental" or "physical; no" you can charge it to the editor. Otherwise, it goes down as an ET
 
2012-09-07 01:23:37 PM  

rickythepenguin: If, however, he steps off the rubber no baseman can advance unless the pitcher balks


This is absolutely wrong. If play is live and the pitcher steps off, the baserunners can still advance at their own risk.
 
2012-09-07 01:25:09 PM  

DeltaPunch: rickythepenguin: until the ball has been put into play if and until the pitcher, while possessing the ball, then steps on the rubber

I've heard other people say that, but play resumes when the umpire calls "play ball". Yes, he might wait until the pitcher engages the rubber, but the engaging alone is not enough.... the umpire has to motion or say "play on".


DeltaPunch: rickythepenguin: If, however, he steps off the rubber no baseman can advance unless the pitcher balks

This is absolutely wrong. If play is live and the pitcher steps off, the baserunners can still advance at their own risk.


Now might be a good time to let you know that Ricky gets a kick out of making up overly complicated, incorrect but semi-plausible sounding baseball rules.
 
2012-09-07 01:25:13 PM  

Serious Black: I didn't even know that that play could happen.


You can't really tell from this video, but you'll usually see the second baseman or shortstop moving behind the pitcher on every return throw from the catcher with a runner on any base, precisely to cover in case this happens.
 
2012-09-07 01:34:37 PM  

DeWayne Mann: Now might be a good time to let you know that Ricky gets a kick out of making up overly complicated, incorrect but semi-plausible sounding baseball rules.


I swear when I was typing it that I've seen that schtick before.
 
2012-09-07 01:38:29 PM  

DeWayne Mann: If by "new" you mean "hasn't happened in the majors in 7 years" then ok.


It's new to them!
 
2012-09-07 02:08:14 PM  

DeWayne Mann: If you answered "mental" or "physical; no" you can charge it to the editor. Otherwise, it goes down as an ET


THIS ... is very funny. lol.

AliceBToklasLives: Right - because I'm not sure how it's possible to figuratively lose a ball game.


Right, but it is *not* "literally a new way to lose the game." It _might_ get partial credit (from a generous scorer) if it said, "The CR are finding new ways to lose the game literally." Of course, as pointed out, that's still factually incorrect... but sticking the "literally" in where it is right now is a double-face-palm.

And stop splitting infinitives.

How's *that* get scored? "ET, ET" "ET*" with an * note at the bottom? Hmm....
 
2012-09-07 02:14:25 PM  

DeltaPunch: rickythepenguin: until the ball has been put into play if and until the pitcher, while possessing the ball, then steps on the rubber

I've heard other people say that, but play resumes when the umpire calls "play ball". Yes, he might wait until the pitcher engages the rubber, but the engaging alone is not enough.... the umpire has to motion or say "play on".


That's correct. The ball cannot be put in play by anyone other than the home plate umpire. The pitcher must be on the pitcher's plate, the batter in the box, and the catcher in his box. If the ump puts the ball in play without those things occurring, the play is void because of and invalid resumption of play. EXCEPTION: A play after a third out or end-of-game. Let's say that it's 3-2 Pirates over the Reds in the bottom of the ninth with two out. Votto hits a two-run homerun for a walkoff win. The Pirates still have the right to appeal. The pitcher can get on the rubber and the catcher in his box. The umpire will signal play and Joel Hanrahan may then throw to Neil Walker who touches second and appeals Brandon Phillips missing second base. Phillips, who did miss it, is called out and the Bucs win. (Appeal must be made before all infielders have left the infield.)

/The Ump for over twenty-five years.
//Jason Kendall would like a word with Subby
 
2012-09-07 02:14:44 PM  
I'd put that in the top 20 ways to lose a game.
 
2012-09-07 02:17:58 PM  

DeWayne Mann: Killer Cars: Killer Cars: That's depends

How do you score a typing error in the box score?

Depends. Was it a mental or a physical mistake? If physical, would the average typist properly execute that word?

If you answered "mental" or "physical; no" you can charge it to the editor. Otherwise, it goes down as an ET


We can score it that way, but I just hope we don't wake up on Mars or something surrounded by millions of these little squashy guys.
 
2012-09-07 02:32:47 PM  

SFSailor: How's *that* get scored? "ET, ET" "ET*" with an * note at the bottom? Hmm....


Depends on how much it affected the reader, or anyone thinking about the paragraph (having previously read it).
 
2012-09-07 02:54:08 PM  
It was 1,000 times funnier when K-Rod did it and the A's won in walk off fashion.
 
2012-09-07 02:55:40 PM  

mjoven1975: It was 1,000 times funnier when K-Rod did it and the A's won in walk off fashion.


I think you missed the part where subby informed us that this was a NEW way to lose. Clearly, you just made that up.
 
2012-09-07 03:06:30 PM  

SFSailor: And stop splitting infinitives.


"Boldly to go where no man has gone before"

/nah - anyways that a usage issue, not grammar
 
2012-09-07 03:10:31 PM  
On the bright side, I bet this pitcher never ever ever ever ever infinity does this again ... and if he ever becomes a pitching COACH, none of his players will ever ever ever infinity do it, either.
 
2012-09-07 03:13:22 PM  
Nope. Here's a couple of new ways to lose a game:

1. Bottom of the ninth with the score tied 2-2. Liner hit into the gap in the outfield. Runner is rounding third headed towards the plate. The catcher is standing at home plate waiting for the throw with the pitcher backing him up. Catcher casually mentions that he's banging the pitcher's wife. Pitcher hauls off and cold cocks the catcher. Throw to the plate goes uncaught and runner scores ending the game.

2. Bottom of the 14th of a scoreless marathon which began around 4:00. Runner on third base. Ball hit to centerfield. Centerfielder is an ultra Orthodox Jew and realizes it's past sunset. Centerfielder makes no attempt to catch or field ball which dribbles past him. Runner scores ending the game.

Now those are two new ways to lose a game.
 
2012-09-07 03:14:26 PM  
The second example above is a Friday game.
 
2012-09-07 03:14:31 PM  
images.wikia.com

Maybe they should stick to playing hockey.
 
2012-09-07 03:19:29 PM  
No Major League 2 reference yet? For shame.
 
2012-09-07 03:23:13 PM  

MAYORBOB: Now those are two new ways to lose a game.


That's a little far fetched isn't it? A Jew playing professional spots?
 
2012-09-07 03:39:35 PM  

Paryb: MAYORBOB: Now those are two new ways to lose a game.

That's a little far fetched isn't it? A Jew playing professional spots?


Sandy Koufax and Shawn Green spring to mind.
 
2012-09-07 03:40:07 PM  

Treygreen13: Almost as good as a "Walk-Off Strike-out Loss" that the Marlins managed to put together one day.


Saw a walk-off wild pitch at a Marlins-Mets game a couple of years ago, was crazy to see it happen.

\no, really, I went to a Marlins game
\\in person and everything
 
2012-09-07 03:46:27 PM  

FriarReb98: Treygreen13: Almost as good as a "Walk-Off Strike-out Loss" that the Marlins managed to put together one day.

Saw a walk-off wild pitch at a Marlins-Mets game a couple of years ago, was crazy to see it happen.

\no, really, I went to a Marlins game
\\in person and everything


On the rare occasion I make it to a baseball game, it is almost always Rangers/Marlins. I don't plan it that way. They're usually the team on Dollar Hot Dog Night.
 
2012-09-07 04:35:46 PM  

Nabb1: I hope the Braves find a way to hang an earned run on some pitchers again sometime soon. They haven't managed that feat since Monday night. Every night has been LOBster night at Turner Field since then.


And the ironic thing was that Monday, their first three runs were all unearned.
 
2012-09-07 11:06:47 PM  

MAYORBOB: Now those are two new ways to lose a game.


i471.photobucket.com

They could also poke a badger with a spoon...
 
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