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No, Carlos Santana did not "deserve" to have his leg destroyed last night

Aug 3, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

There's a fine line between writing a provocative headline and simply being an ass. Wait, actually it's not that fine a line, so I'm not sure how this one ever got published.

Like I said, I’m not watching the Carlos Santana video again so the underlying point of this Bleacher Report article — that Carlos Santana shouldn’t have been blocking the plate in that situation — may or may not be a good one, but I don’t care if Santana set up a lounge chair 50 feet up the baseline: this headline is in horrible taste and is totally uncalled for.
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  1. Joe - Aug 3, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    Yeah, that’s awful. Santana was making an aggressive block, and Kalish is a big kid just called up who made an aggressive slide. File it under s— happens, I guess. I’m a Sox fan, but it was sickening to watch that play, and to think of what kind of impact this might have on Santana’s career. Hopefully he’ll be able to make a full comeback.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 3, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Yeah, the headline is in very poor taste, but the article itself is 100% correct. Too bad the dummy who wrote the article didn’t choose a better headline. Something better would have been “An unfortunate lesson for Carlos Santana”.

  3. Drew Silva - Aug 3, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    It’s Bleacher Report. That’s what we’ve all come to expect from those guys. They don’t pay their writers and they thrive off the page views that are driven by this type of exposure.

  4. Matt S. - Aug 3, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    Beat me to it, Drew.
    Taking BR seriously is like…..well, I don’t even know. Because no one should.

  5. OldSkoolRules - Aug 3, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    BR is a bunch of wannabe sports writers who have a chip on their shoulders. Can’t take what is written there very seriously…just a long blog for stat junkies.

  6. geoknows - Aug 3, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    I refuse to even read Bleacher Report.

  7. King Ding-A-Ling - Aug 3, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Whoever wrote that headline should be fired. Dickhead.

  8. giocatore4 - Aug 3, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Aside from being an inappropriately titlted article, it is incorrect according to the very rule that he is trying to quote.
    “Rule 7.06(b) Comment: Under 7.06(b) when the ball is not dead on obstruction and an obstructed runner advances beyond the base which, in the umpire’s judgment, he would have been awarded because of being obstructed, he does so at his own peril and may be tagged out. This is a judgment call.
    NOTE: The catcher, without the ball in his possession, has no right to block the pathway of the runner attempting to score. The base line belongs to the runner and the catcher should be there only when he is fielding a ball or when he already has the ball in his hand.”
    Santana was fielding the ball thrown to him, therefore it isn’t obstruction. Another ruling on the same rule: “RULING: This is not obstruction. For it to be obstruction the catcher would have to stay in that spot without the ball making the runner move around her to get to home plate.” Santana both was fielding and had the ball prior to Kalish getting to the plate (hence why he was out at the plate), but according to the rule, even if you don’t have the ball, you can still be in that position while you are in the act of fielding the ball.

  9. BC - Aug 3, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    I didn’t think it was a dirty play or there was anything like illegal obstruction or whatever going on. Basically, the catcher got mowed. That happens. And he happened to get injured. Which unfortunately happens every so often. I’ve seen catchers get mowed a lot harder than that, and get up and walk away. This was a freakish thing that unfortunately happens once in a while.
    PS. And yes, the headline sucked pond water, and the editor should be canned or suspended.

  10. Scooter - Aug 3, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    I guess Shelly Duncan deserves to have his knee blown up every time he takes a bad route in the outfield? And Andy Marte probably deserves to have his knee blown up every time lets a ball go through his legs because he didn’t get down far enough.

  11. Doracle - Aug 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    If Shelly Duncan deserves to have a knee blown out for his bad routes, then Trevor Crowe deserves to have both his knees blown out. He is an atrocious center fielder.
    And yes, I’m joking. About the knee part, not the Trevor Crowe being an awful center fielder part. And what a ridiculous, stupid headline.
    Really, what a terrible turn of events for the Indians. I could take watching us look up at the Royals for much of the season, and watching the Huffs and Laffeys off the world get knocked around every five days, and watching the Valbuenas and Crowes of the world generally play terrible baseball. The whole point of the season is to throw stuff at a wall and see what sticks, and that’s an ugly, ugly process. The Santana thing hurts because he, more than anyone else on the roster, was a symbol of what the Indians might be in 2012 or so, if everything plays out like the front office hopes. He was the one young player on the team who you looked at and immediately saw the potential for greatness. Now, what, we get to watch Lou Marson for the rest of the year and hope that, if everything breaks right, he can scrounge together a couple of 700 OPS seasons in a row?
    What a depressing turn of events.

  12. Jonny5 - Aug 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    I can’t even comment. Everything I want to say would just make me look bad.

  13. schmedley - Aug 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    “They bough their tickets. They knew what they were getting into. I say, let ’em crash!” – Airplane

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