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The guy who’s safe is out. The guy who’s out is safe.

Jul 18, 2014, 7:39 PM EDT


In the first inning of Friday’s Brewers-Nationals game, Anthony Rendon hit a grounder to short with Denard Span running from first on the pitch. Span beat the relay to second and was called safe, but Rendon was easily retired at first on the play.

At least, that’s how it seemed to go down.

After originally calling Span out, second base umpire Angel Campos changed his mind and ruled Span out, seemingly declaring that his popup slide interfered with Scooter Gennett‘s relay to first base. And he probably had a case… Span had no need to stand up as quickly as he did, and if he had actually forced Gennett to alter his throw in any way, interference would have made a ton of sense.

Span, though, didn’t get in the path of the ball. And Gennett had no problem completing the relay, as evidenced by the fact that Rendon was easily retired at first. So, with Span also out, the ruling on the field was that of a double play.

Of course, Matt Williams was none too happy with this. But there was nothing reviewable he could challenge. Fortunately, the umps got together to discuss things, and what ended up happening was that Span was still ruled out — unintentional interference being the official call — and Rendon was credited with first base, since Span’s interference created a deadball situation.

So, when all was said and done, the guy who was safe was out and the guy who was out was safe.

  1. Stiller43 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:54 PM


    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      You saved at least two seconds there. I’d make fun, but you skirted the NBS censors. But you shouldn’t have to compromise the English language to do that.

      For your information NBC, the Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint. I’m finishing my coffee.

  2. ptfu - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    I’ll await the video, but as of not that’s asinine.

    But isn’t the fact that baseball can be this asinine part of why we love it? You tune in or go to a game on any given night because you might see something you’ve never seen before…including the arbitrary suspension of all things logical.

    • moogro - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:07 PM











      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:16 PM

        I, too, like the word ‘asinine.’ It appeals directly to a generation that has already stopped reading this thing.

  4. sumerduckman - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Proofreading. The ump originally called Span safe, which he was, and then changed it to out on the alleged interference call.

  5. watermelon1 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    So he was called out… And then called out?!?

    Far out, dude!

  6. gloccamorra - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Baseball controversy is the most entertaining kind of controversy there is.

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