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(The Province)   Minnesota umpire proves Drake is better than Prince   ( divider line
    More: Awkward, Baseball statistics, Baseball, Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli, Toronto starter Kevin Gausman, Cavan Biggio's sacrifice, American League, tying run, second straight three-hit game  
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550 clicks; posted to Sports » on 08 Aug 2022 at 6:05 AM (7 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2022-08-08 7:28:39 AM  
While Rocco was chewing out the on-site umps it looked like they were saying something to the effect of "Hey, we called him out. Talk to New York."

A ridiculous call, but anything goes if it means keeping the AL East interesting.
2022-08-08 7:44:10 AM  
The similar play in the O's/Pirates game was even more egregious than this one.  The baserunner had a clear lane, the catcher moved to catch the ball, and was called for interference.  I guess MLB doesn't want catchers to catch the ball.

Maybe the position should be renamed "Move-out-of-the-wayers"?
2022-08-08 9:22:13 AM  
What a bullshiat call. If it pissed off Rocco Baldelli that bad, imagine what someone like Earl Weaver would have done.
2022-08-08 9:58:01 AM  
As a former catcher, I would not have called that blocking the plate. Since the play was a bang/bang play, the runner was not impeded significantly. The catcher was about to receive the throw imminently.

"The catcher is not permitted to block the runner's path to the plate unless he is in possession of the ball, though blocking the path of the runner in a legitimate attempt to receive a throw is not considered a violation. The runner can be ruled safe if the umpire determines the catcher violated this rule."

/from Toronto
//don't watch baseball anymore
2022-08-08 10:02:59 AM  
Now that he's retired, the ghost of Buster Posey can haunt the replay booth in New York full time.
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