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Obstruction

There were two rules cited. The first was 7.06: 7.06 When obstruction occurs, the umpire shall call or signal "Obstruction." If a play is being made on the obstructed runner, or if the batterrunner [sic] is obstructed before he touches first base, the ball is dead and all runners shall advance, without liability to be put out, to the bases they would have reached, in the umpire’s judgment, if there had been no obstruction. The obstructed runner shall be awarded at least one base beyond the base he had last legally touched before the obstruction. Any preceding runners, forced to advance by the award of bases as the penalty for obstruction, shall advance without liability to be put out. Rule 7.06(a) Comment: When a play is being made on an obstructed runner, the umpire shall signal obstruction in the same manner that he calls “Time,” with both hands overhead. The ball is immediately dead when this signal is given; however, should a thrown ball be in flight before the obstruction is called by the umpire, the runners are to be awarded such bases on wild throws as they would have been awarded had not obstruction occurred. On a play where...

All Too Human

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. — Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human Prior to tonight the only thing I knew about Jim Joyce was that he would make rather dramatic strike calls when working home plate. From now on he will forever be known as the umpire that blew the call on what should have been the final out of a perfect game by Armando Galarraga. There is no reprieve or no method of appeal for those aggrieved by an incorrect call. Chuck Klonke, the official scorer who ruled Jason Donald’s nubber to Miguel Cabrera a hit, has 24 hours to change his determination of the play and give Galarraga a no-hitter, but that would be like makeup over an imperfection on the face of baseball. Many other sports use technology in crucial situations but baseball steadfastly clings to its ever-disintegrating tradition. But it is not just the governing bodies of national pastime’s fault. Joyce could have corrected his call seconds after he made it. Or if he didn’t want to appear as if he were capitulating to Miguel Cabrera’s remonstrations, he could have convened the crew or asked another umpire for help and then...

Laugher

Game 138: September 2, 2008 Orioles 2 L: Radhames Liz (5-4) 63-75, 5 game losing streak Red Sox 14 W: Jon Lester (13-5) 81-57, 2 game winning streak Highlights: Two touchdowns beat a safety. Every Red Sox batter except David Ross added at least a hit to their stats last night. Dustin Pedroia blasted a rocket off the middle sign on the Monster and plated three runs. The second baseman is the current batting average leader for the AL and the chants of MVP that accompany his at bats are rivaling those for Kevin Garnett in the Garden. A visionary company simply must sign the two to pair up in an endorsement deal. Operatic home plate umpire Jim Joyce missed a crucial call in the second. The Orioles threatened to score on Oscar Salazar’s fly ball to Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury is not known for having a strong arm; indeed, his throw to the infield probably should have been cut off.Instead it dribbled to home, losing all momentum but still on target for Jason Varitek’s mitt. Ramon Hernandez knows all the tricks backstops use to stop runners from scoring, so he likely wasn’t fooled by Varitek’s insouciant stance in front...


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