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The Royals-Cardinals game ended after 3AM Central time

May 31, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

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It was really, really late to be finishing up a baseball game. Or really early. Both I guess. This one ended just after 3AM with a 4-2 Royals victory over the Cardinals following a four hour-rain plus delay.

It was actually the second rain delay of the game, as the thing started an hour late at the outset. The game began after a one hour rain delay and was delayed again for nearly five hours in the ninth inning. But it was right to keep the game open in my view. See, the ninth inning started, the Royals scored three runs and loaded the bases with no one out. When the rains came the umpire crew could have just said “ballgame,” but that would have nullified the Royals’ rally as things would have reverted to where they were at the end of the last completed inning, giving the Cards the win.

Joe West’s crew obviously didn’t want to do that. And while it made for a late, late night for all involved — and with a ballpark that was basically empty — at least the game was decided by the players and not the umpires.

Well, it was also decided by Mike Matheny, who decided to put Mitchell Boggs in for the top of the ninth in a one-run game for reasons that make sense only to him, but that’s still better than Joe West deciding the game.

  1. chill1184 - May 31, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    I guess the rule in which games have to finish by 1am local time or be postponed doesn’t exist anymore?

    • WUIS - Your Source for News - May 31, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      I think that rule was an inning couldn’t start past 1 pm

      • mjames1229 - May 31, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        I don’t know if that rule still exists, but the rule stated that an inning couldn’t start past 1:00 AM if it was not the visiting team’s last trip into town.

        If the rule is in effect, it was applied correctly as this was the Royals last trip into St. Louis this season.

  2. blacksables - May 31, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    So Joe West did the right thing?

    I think the internet might implode today .

    • sportsdrenched - May 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Not only that. But consider the player that makes the most outs out of any player in MLB, on the team that hits the fewest Home Runs….hit a HR leading off an inning after seeing 2 pitches.

      Chris Getz was issued an IBB later in the inning.

      The 9th inning of this game was the most anti-narrative inning of the season.

  3. Paul White - May 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    “…This one ended just after 3AM with a 4-3 Royals victory over the Cardinals…”

    It was actually a 4-2 Royals victory.

  4. ndnut - May 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    I thought that the 1am rule was only in place in the minors anymore

  5. kac360 - May 31, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Rule changed in 2006, result would not have reverted to last inning. Game would had been suspended and KC would had to make special trip later in the season just to finish ninth inning.

    Last time Royals had to do that was 30 years ago. Royals hired an interim hitting coach yesterday who played a small role in that event. Irony.

    • normswifevera - May 31, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      That’s not accurate. I posted the rule below.

  6. normswifevera - May 31, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    MLB.com:

    “Under most other circumstances the game could have been suspended, with the Royals leading, but that wasn’t an option in this case because of a new rule introduced this year.

    It’s Rule 4.12(b)(4) and, if the affected game happens to be the last one scheduled between two teams, it’s a called game and whatever runs the visiting team has scored in the top of an uncompleted inning are wiped out.”

    • AMR - May 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      I don’t like that rule if the teams are close in proximity of home ballparks, and if there’s more than 50 days left in the season. I can see it for a Seattle-Miami, but Yanks-Mets? Or suspend it, and only finish it if it’s needed.

    • deepstblu - May 31, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      I have a feeling that if the umpires didn’t put that rule into effect for this game, they’ll never use it.

  7. blues1988 - May 31, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    “Well, it was also decided by Mike Matheny, who decided to put Mitchell Boggs in for the top of the ninth in a one-run game for reasons that make sense only to him, but that’s still better than Joe West deciding the game.”- You called it perfectly there craig, what a terrible decision. I knew it was over when i saw him warming up, he needs to be let go immediately.

  8. kac360 - May 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Stand corrected. Wasn’t aware of special provision for final regular season meeting. Joe West did right thing.

  9. kcrobert10 - May 31, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    YOu guys missed the point. That is the royals won my god the royals won.Time for a parade.

  10. spudchukar - May 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    There is a new product on the market. A cure-all for what ails you. Haven’t homered in 49 innings? No problem the Cards have the answer. Mitchell Boggs. Can’t draw a pass to save your lives, cause you swing at anything within a foot of the plate. No problem there either, just call on Mitchell Boggs, who will miss the plate by so much as not to tempt your wildest swinger.

    But swinging at anything must be contagious, cause Matt Holiday certainly was infected, and Jon Jay, David Freese, and Pete Kosma seem to have caught the bug too, cause they are showing similar symptoms.

    The only positive I can see in blowing Michael Wacha’s gem, the Cards new phenom of the week, is that perhaps the St. Louis brass will throw in the towel on Boggs, send him to the far reaches of the minors, bring back Blaze-K (I’m coining him this new nickname), and hope to never see him in a Big League uniform again.

    • paperlions - May 31, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Amen!

  11. whitdog23 - May 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    was it a four-hour rain plus delay OR a four-hour plus rain delay

  12. danh35 - May 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Instead of waiting out the rain delay, the Cards should of forfeited the game, Matheny basically did that anyway when he put Boggs in the game.

  13. sisisisisisisi - May 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Kudos to the Cardinals fan, if you follow the comments on that article, they never blame the umpire crew 1 bit. They were instead very much critical of Boggs.

    • sisisisisisisi - May 31, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      and MM

  14. 3dimesdown - May 31, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    This may have been a calculated move on the part of MM to make Boggs look terrible so they have good reason to banish him to single A for good. Maybe? Hopefully?

  15. rohozx - May 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    good to see the SORRY ass cards LOSE?

    • spudchukar - May 31, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Stay Classy rohozx!

    • swmocardsfan - May 31, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Did you confuse yourself there rohozx? I know you confused me with the question mark. I’m not sure if you are insulting the Cards or questioning the functionality of your Caps Lock key…

    • stlouis1baseball - May 31, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Success breeds jealousy…CHUMP!

  16. natslady - May 31, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Jeez, that same crew is in Chicago for a day game. That’s no life even for umps.

  17. westcoastredbird - May 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Mitchell Boggs has perfected the pitch to contact scenario. The last time a Cardinal player was booed so loudly was Tyler Greene and we know what happened to him! Houston Astros in less than 48 hours.

  18. perryt200 - May 31, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I am all for letting the players decide the game, but there is gonna have to be some rule on a game that is rain delayed for almost 6 hours and doesn’t finish till 3am. Granted it would have screwed the Royals, but it already screwed the fans, the players, all the employees and the umps.

    I think this is squarely on Mike Matheny. You have your next best rookie prospect going for his first win in the Bigs, he has already had a hit, and you bring in Boggs with over a 10 ERA…. Everyone at the establishment I was at started to cry when we saw him come in.

    Well, not the one guy who is a Cubs fan.

  19. mscxvd - May 31, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    whats with all the Boggs hate? last year he did amazing and we were praising him. now he has problems and we through him under the bus?! the decision to put him in was HORRIBLE! but not his decision. Matheny should never have put him in. Boggs just needs to work through this give a little more time before we talk about releasing him. gees!

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