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Rule 7.13 strikes again as White Sox fall to Giants

Aug 13, 2014, 7:07 PM EDT

The mess that is Rule 7.13 struck again in Wednesday’s game between the White Sox and Giants …

That gave the Giants their first run of the afternoon and they went on to pour in six more before the inning was through. There’s too much gray area with this rule. It really needs to be tossed out before October.

  1. dinofrank60 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    The Hawk must have blown a fuse.

  2. golfrangeman - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    @blacksables I guess you could look at a white board and say in your opinion it’s black. Don’t blame the rule blame the catcher, it’s not that difficult to stand in front of the plate and tag the runner out like every other base. As far as the runner being 10 feet away that just makes it even more redickulas that the catcher would block the plate.

    • tearlw - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      Again, watch the video. When the catcher receives the ball from first the runner is already leaving his feet to go into his slide. At that point if the catcher is blocking the plate (he is) then the runner is safe. This isn’t as complicated as people are making it.

      Don’t block the plate.

      • thebakesho - Aug 14, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        What this comes down to is anyone who thinks this isn’t an out is a moron. Buster Posey broke his leg so now let’s put our skirts on. Let’s complicate it further by making a rule out of it so no more star’s are put through what Buster Posey went through. Give me a f***ing break. Baseball can go the way of the dodo much like Golf will soon enough.

      • hcf95688 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        The people that think this is (or should be) an out probably got T-Ball participation trophies.

      • 76ersdoubletank - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        It’s just a stupid rule though. It should not be this hard to tell. I don’t think it is quite as easy as you are putting it either.

      • tearlw - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        People who don’t want their leg broken put skirts on? That sounds confusing. It must be because I’m a moron.
        I’m gonna go not watch golf like everyone else (no one else?).

  3. tmc602014 - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    I can’t see how these are still controversial, Until he has the ball, the catcher can’t block the plate. Some may find this a pansy way to play, or think the rule should be altered or eliminated, but it is the rule and the incorrect call was overturned. Blacksables and others may wish it different, but in this cae the system worked. Any controversy ere should be about the rule and it’s effect on the gme, but not the application of the rule or the correction that replay provided.

  4. numbskull111 - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Interesting thing is…that play looks EXACTLY like the play in the Nats/Mets game last night in the ninth inning. Runners on second and third, one out, groundball to shortstop. Shortstop throws home to Ramos, who basically did the same thing and the runner is called out. They go to replay and the call is upheld. (I’m a Nats fan so I was glad…but if you put those two plays side by side….I don’t see a difference.)

    I’m curious why MLB didn’t just revert to the rules used in youth/high school baseball that requires that the runner slide or avoid contact. If a runner collides with the catcher he is automatically out…if the collision was intentional/malicious the player is ejected. Does that rule slightly favor the defense…yes, but the current rule slightly favors the offense.

    • pmpott - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      That play in the Nats/Mets game had me worried. I was honestly a little surprised it went the Nats way. I think what it came down to was the umps ruled that Ramos was in fair territory whereas Flowers had his foot over the line. It was damn close though and it really could have gone either way. Kind of sucks that this is what it has come to.

      • mtr75 - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        I said from day one, now what we’re going to have is games decided by people not even in the stadium, much less on the field. Enjoy, folks!

    • mtr75 - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      There was no difference, it was the exact. Same. Play. And you get two different “rulings” from the jagoffs in New York. This rule has (predictably) been an absolute #&*$ing disaster, and the only people still defending it are a) people who have been baseball fans for about 10 minutes and know nothing of the history of the game; and b) people who’s teams haven’t gotten screwed by this rule YET. Because rest assured, they will be eventually, and oh how they will howl then. I hope the last out of the World Series is a play at the plate where the runner is called out and then the yutz’s in New York call him safe. It would be a fitting way for this absolute complete and total BS rule to end a season that’s been ruined by it.

  5. thenricopallazzo - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Hail to the replay gods for giving us such an entertaining post-overturn tantrum.

    • tearlw - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      I was hoping for a Nolan Ryan headlock/pummeling. But, you can’t ask for everything.

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