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(USA Today)   Twins' Justin Morneau pulled off a cool Matrix-level slide at home to score the winning run in 10-inning game over Angels last night   ( ftw.usatoday.com) divider line
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2013-07-24 12:30:48 PM  
I watched the Mariners-Indians last night. I don't know what good baseball looks like anymore.
 
2013-07-24 12:33:15 PM  
And that, boys and girls, is why you block the plate with your leg if you're a catcher.
 
2013-07-24 12:35:33 PM  
If you slide past the base because you can't reach and you have to get up and lean over to touch the base, you're out of the baseline, leg block or not.
 
2013-07-24 12:35:47 PM  
The other sixruns scored in the 10th weren't bad, either.
 
2013-07-24 12:38:37 PM  
The winning run? This was in the top of the 8th to go ahead 3-2. The Twins had to score 7 in the top of the 10th to eke out the win.
 
2013-07-24 12:44:03 PM  

bhcompy: If you slide past the base because you can't reach and you have to get up and lean over to touch the base, you're out of the baseline, leg block or not.


Was he more than 3 feet outside a direct line between 3rd and home?
 
2013-07-24 12:48:34 PM  
Matrix Level?  He's a little chubby and slow for that.  At least he didn't strain one of his moobs.
 
2013-07-24 12:48:59 PM  

bhcompy: If you slide past the base because you can't reach and you have to get up and lean over to touch the base, you're out of the baseline, leg block or not.


By rule, if the baserunner is forced out of the basepath by an opposing player's interference (assuming, arguendo, that defensive player does not have the ball and is within the area of play) then he is entitled to the next available and open base.  However, if the base in question is home plate, then the player is allowed to tag the plate at the earliest avialable opportunity if the play is live, independent of whether the catcher (or other player covering home plate, i.e., the pitcher or a baseman) has the ball.  however, if the player has not touched home and returns to the dugout, the defensive team can appeal and if the ball is in hand and the defensive player touches home plate before the supposed scoring player touches home, he is out, even though this (the appeal) would technically be a dead ball situation. If a live ball situation, the player can touch home but most take the most direct route to the plate and, if there are other baserunners, they cannot advance to home plate because if they pass the baserunner, one is deemed  out.
 
2013-07-24 01:06:39 PM  

Shame Us: I watched the Mariners-Indians last night. I don't know what good baseball looks like anymore.




You're not going to see any watching the Twins either.

/and shut the fark up about firing Gardy
 
2013-07-24 01:07:36 PM  

bhcompy: If you slide past the base because you can't reach and you have to get up and lean over to touch the base, you're out of the baseline, leg block or not.


...wat
 
2013-07-24 01:09:30 PM  

Oakenshield: Shame Us: I watched the Mariners-Indians last night. I don't know what good baseball looks like anymore.

You're not going to see any watching the Twins either.

/and shut the fark up about firing Gardy


I don't believe I've ever bothered talking about Ron Gardenhire.
 
2013-07-24 01:19:56 PM  
Missed that play. I was too busy looking at the woman in the red dress.
 
2013-07-24 01:42:08 PM  

WTF Indeed: And that, boys and girls, is why you block the plate with your leg if you're a catcher.


Tough to do that when the throw to the plate is that far off the line.  A good throw and hes a sitting duck.
 
2013-07-24 01:46:46 PM  
I already saw this two weeks ago when a guy on my softball team did almost the same exact slide to secure a walk-off home run to bring our team a victory. That was much more exciting and far more important than a mere MLB game.
 
2013-07-24 01:51:07 PM  
What if I told you that you're going to spend $140 million to finish in fourth place?
 
2013-07-24 02:04:46 PM  
Great. Now let's trade him while the iron is hot.

Oakenshield: Shame Us: I watched the Mariners-Indians last night. I don't know what good baseball looks like anymore.

You're not going to see any watching the Twins either.

/and shut the fark up about firing Gardy


THAT.

Give him some pitchers for christ sakes. Hell even the hitters are inconsistent at best right now.
 
2013-07-24 02:12:15 PM  
No gif?

Aww.
 
2013-07-24 02:12:54 PM  
Oh nevermind
 
2013-07-24 02:22:11 PM  

rickythepenguin: bhcompy: If you slide past the base because you can't reach and you have to get up and lean over to touch the base, you're out of the baseline, leg block or not.

By rule, if the baserunner is forced out of the basepath by an opposing player's interference (assuming, arguendo, that defensive player does not have the ball and is within the area of play) then he is entitled to the next available and open base.  However, if the base in question is home plate, then the player is allowed to tag the plate at the earliest avialable opportunity if the play is live, independent of whether the catcher (or other player covering home plate, i.e., the pitcher or a baseman) has the ball.  however, if the player has not touched home and returns to the dugout, the defensive team can appeal and if the ball is in hand and the defensive player touches home plate before the supposed scoring player touches home, he is out, even though this (the appeal) would technically be a dead ball situation. If a live ball situation, the player can touch home but most take the most direct route to the plate and, if there are other baserunners, they cannot advance to home plate because if they pass the baserunner, one is deemed  out.


He wasn't forced out of the baseline due to interference -- he was intentionally went off the baseline to avoid a tag.

The umpire who was standing right there knows the rules better than me but this particular rule doesn't appear to be the appropriate rule to apply.
 
2013-07-24 02:22:48 PM  

Cagey B: What if I told you that you're going to spend $140 million to finish in fourth place?


www.jenisfamous.com
 
2013-07-24 02:38:19 PM  

Treygreen13: bhcompy: If you slide past the base because you can't reach and you have to get up and lean over to touch the base, you're out of the baseline, leg block or not.

...wat


It's in the rulebook.  The baseline is a line extending from the exact center of the base to the center of home plate with no deviation and is only 1 mm wide.  If you fail to touch it at any point you are out.  That is why most base runners do "the worm" on their way to home to ensure their body is always touching the ground and they don't miss that 1 mm line.
 
2013-07-24 03:16:43 PM  
What a crap game that was last night for this Angels fan. Tie the score in the bottom of the 9th, then promptly give up 7 runs in the top of the 10th. They were doomed when J.B. Shuck hit in to the double-play to snuff out the rally in the 9th. *sigh*

On the pre-game coverage last night they were making a big deal about how long Ron Gardenhire and Mike "Fat Tub Of Goo" Scioscia have been at their jobs. While it seems to me, who admittedly don't follow the Twins, that they're in a re-building phase and RG should be cut some slack, the Angels were built to win this year and they're......not going to. It's very easy to stay at a job too long, I think it's time for Scioscia to go. Of course, two months ago I was telling friends that the Dodgers should fire that stiff ex-Yankee bumbling his way around Chavez Ravine, but I guess when you play in a shiatty division like the Dodgers do (they have the lowest winning percentage of any division leader), anything is possible.
 
2013-07-24 03:27:00 PM  

Henry Holland: What a crap game that was last night for this Angels fan. Tie the score in the bottom of the 9th, then promptly give up 7 runs in the top of the 10th. They were doomed when J.B. Shuck hit in to the double-play to snuff out the rally in the 9th. *sigh*

On the pre-game coverage last night they were making a big deal about how long Ron Gardenhire and Mike "Fat Tub Of Goo" Scioscia have been at their jobs. While it seems to me, who admittedly don't follow the Twins, that they're in a re-building phase and RG should be cut some slack, the Angels were built to win this year and they're......not going to. It's very easy to stay at a job too long, I think it's time for Scioscia to go. Of course, two months ago I was telling friends that the Dodgers should fire that stiff ex-Yankee bumbling his way around Chavez Ravine, but I guess when you play in a shiatty division like the Dodgers do (they have the lowest winning percentage of any division leader), anything is possible.


They should've ditched Butcher the same time they ditched Hatcher.  They are not developing any pitching talent, and while it sucks that Adenhart is dead and he was almost definitely a future top of rotation guy, you can't bank the franchise on developing a single pitcher and lucking into Weaver because no one else wanted to pay.

But, yea, Scioscia has outlived his welcome, as has every pitching coach in their entire system.
 
2013-07-24 03:31:38 PM  

Henry Holland: What a crap game that was last night for this Angels fan. Tie the score in the bottom of the 9th, then promptly give up 7 runs in the top of the 10th. They were doomed when J.B. Shuck hit in to the double-play to snuff out the rally in the 9th. *sigh*

On the pre-game coverage last night they were making a big deal about how long Ron Gardenhire and Mike "Fat Tub Of Goo" Scioscia have been at their jobs. While it seems to me, who admittedly don't follow the Twins, that they're in a re-building phase and RG should be cut some slack, the Angels were built to win this year and they're......not going to. It's very easy to stay at a job too long, I think it's time for Scioscia to go. Of course, two months ago I was telling friends that the Dodgers should fire that stiff ex-Yankee bumbling his way around Chavez Ravine, but I guess when you play in a shiatty division like the Dodgers do (they have the lowest winning percentage of any division leader), anything is possible.


Sciosia's not the problem. The problem is the front office. Any team that loads itself down with multiple nine figure contracts and thinks that Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson belong in the middle of a big league rotation is going to get its ass continually kicked. The AL West is too good now for that strategy to go unpunished.
 
2013-07-24 03:42:03 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Treygreen13: bhcompy: If you slide past the base because you can't reach and you have to get up and lean over to touch the base, you're out of the baseline, leg block or not.

...wat

It's in the rulebook.  The baseline is a line extending from the exact center of the base to the center of home plate with no deviation and is only 1 mm wide.  If you fail to touch it at any point you are out.  That is why most base runners do "the worm" on their way to home to ensure their body is always touching the ground and they don't miss that 1 mm line.


Snert
 
2013-07-24 03:54:57 PM  

Cagey B: Henry Holland: What a crap game that was last night for this Angels fan. Tie the score in the bottom of the 9th, then promptly give up 7 runs in the top of the 10th. They were doomed when J.B. Shuck hit in to the double-play to snuff out the rally in the 9th. *sigh*

On the pre-game coverage last night they were making a big deal about how long Ron Gardenhire and Mike "Fat Tub Of Goo" Scioscia have been at their jobs. While it seems to me, who admittedly don't follow the Twins, that they're in a re-building phase and RG should be cut some slack, the Angels were built to win this year and they're......not going to. It's very easy to stay at a job too long, I think it's time for Scioscia to go. Of course, two months ago I was telling friends that the Dodgers should fire that stiff ex-Yankee bumbling his way around Chavez Ravine, but I guess when you play in a shiatty division like the Dodgers do (they have the lowest winning percentage of any division leader), anything is possible.

Sciosia's not the problem. The problem is the front office. Any team that loads itself down with multiple nine figure contracts and thinks that Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson belong in the middle of a big league rotation is going to get its ass continually kicked. The AL West is too good now for that strategy to go unpunished.


Hell, the Mariners have won 8 straight. Though I'm pretty sure money changed hands to get the 8th one last night.
 
2013-07-24 05:31:43 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Treygreen13: bhcompy: If you slide past the base because you can't reach and you have to get up and lean over to touch the base, you're out of the baseline, leg block or not.

...wat

It's in the rulebook.  The baseline is a line extending from the exact center of the base to the center of home plate with no deviation and is only 1 mm wide.  If you fail to touch it at any point you are out.  That is why most base runners do "the worm" on their way to home to ensure their body is always touching the ground and they don't miss that 1 mm line.


:-D
 
2013-07-24 09:22:00 PM  

sab6300: WTF Indeed: And that, boys and girls, is why you block the plate with your leg if you're a catcher.

Tough to do that when the throw to the plate is that far off the line.  A good throw and hes a sitting duck.


That wasnt a bad throw.On a fly.Catch it. swipe tag.
Well.to me anyway.
 
2013-07-25 12:28:00 AM  
Oakenshield:
/and shut the fark up about firing Gardy

Yes, let's keep the manager who's 6-21 in the playoffs.

I've had just about enough of this pitch to contact and taking 2 strikes before swinging the bat and "everybody's scufflin' out there" every farking night. I'm farking tired of it. Oh but it's ok because we have 300 A+ prospects in the minors but we can't bring them up or else we'll ruin them but trust us they are amazing.
 
2013-07-25 09:47:06 AM  
Cagey B:What if I told you that you're going to spend $140 million to finish in fourth place?

We are losing everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. The fans can see it when they sit in the stands or when they turn on their televisions. They can feel it when they go to work... when they go to church... when they pay theirtaxes. It is the world that has been pulled over their eyes to blind you from the truth.
 
2013-07-25 10:36:35 AM  

VvonderJesus: Oakenshield:
/and shut the fark up about firing Gardy

Yes, let's keep the manager who's 6-21 in the playoffs.

I've had just about enough of this pitch to contact and taking 2 strikes before swinging the bat and "everybody's scufflin' out there" every farking night. I'm farking tired of it. Oh but it's ok because we have 300 A+ prospects in the minors but we can't bring them up or else we'll ruin them but trust us they are amazing.


Completely agree. Even when the Twins were decent and winning a bad AL Central year after year, they did nothing when it counted in October. I blame Terry Ryan and Bill Smith just as much as Gardenhire for the lack of playoff success. That said, the Pohlads lack of willingness to invest in the team is also hurting them, especially after the taxpayers of Hennepin County built them the golden goose that is Target Field.
 
2013-07-25 12:11:57 PM  

VvonderJesus: Oakenshield:
/and shut the fark up about firing Gardy

Yes, let's keep the manager who's 6-21 in the playoffs.

I've had just about enough of this pitch to contact and taking 2 strikes before swinging the bat and "everybody's scufflin' out there" every farking night. I'm farking tired of it. Oh but it's ok because we have 300 A+ prospects in the minors but we can't bring them up or else we'll ruin them but trust us they are amazing.


This.  I'm also sick of hearing about how well "insert player name" hits the ball to the opposite field.  Power hitters are power hitters for a reason - because they pull the ball.  Everyone in the Twins organization seems to be anti-pull hitter and any prospect that comes up with the Twins that had any power potential at all has had that taken out of him by the time he reaches the major leagues.  No wonder nobody (except for the opposing teams) can hit home runs at Target Field.
 
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