Playing, coaching or umpiring baseball games for a number of years should lead to knowing all the ins and outs of the rule book, right? That doesn't seem to be the case for everyone given the amount of blown calls we've seen this season. ESPN's baseball crew teamed up with a rules expert to create and administer a quiz to current MLB players, managers/coaches and the media. The results were less than impressive. Do you know the game better than the people who live it every day?
I got 6 out of 10 - not bad! But I probably could have flipped a coin and gotten pretty close to that number, so...no, not terribly impressive.
I was wrong on the current "most wrong answers" question. 80.6% got it wrong!
I was right on the current "most right answers" question, still under 50/50 with 49.3% getting it right, so...yeah, these are tricky questions.
I got 7 out of 10, but like most people I assume, there was definitely some educated guessing involved. Only like two or three of them was I really confident I knew I was right. I missed Nos. 5, 7 and 8. And I was definitely confident I was right on at least one of the ones I missed, so even being sure I knew the rule on the ones I got right might just be a coincidence.
Reading the comments below it, I saw an interesting statement: The NFL has MLB beat on having the most complicated rules (not sure I agree), but MLB definitely takes the cake as far as the number of potential complicated scenarios to which rules must be applied (I definitely agree).
I gotta say, this sort of adds light to why there's no place for replacement officials. We saw the absolute anarchy that was the NFL when the replacements couldn't even follow standard rules, let alone the complicated cases.