1 out last night, bottom of the 3rd in Baltimore, Orioles up 2-1, runners on the corners. Fly out to right field for the 2nd out, and the runner on first was doubled up for the inning-ending DP.
Problem 1- The runner on 3rd tags up and scores before the runner on first is doubled off.
Problem 2- The umpires waived the run off, and did not correct that mistake until the SIXTH inning, and while the Indians completed the top of the 6th tied 2-2, and went out into the field down 3-2. They did eventually lose, 7-4 but the final 3 and a half innings of the game were played under protest.
Now the initial no-run call WAS wrong, as there is an example in the MLB rule book that is an exact description of what happened on the field:
Originally posted by Major League Baseball rulebook, rule 4.9Approved Ruling: One out, Jones on third, Smith on first and Brown flies out to right field. Two outs. Jones tags up and scores after the catch. Smith attempted to return to first but the right fielder's throw beat him to the base. Three outs. But Jones scored before the throw to catch Smith reached first base, hence Jones' run counts. It was not a force play
The issue is how far after the fact can the umpires correct that sort of ruling? The third base umpire had to pull out a copy of the rulebook to get this right anyway so it's not a rule that comes into play often, but there has to be a difference between Baltimore arguing this immediately after the fact and a reversal coming before the top of the 4th, and a change happening three innings later, isn't there?
Should the protest be upheld, I'd think they have to go back to the top of the 4th and pick up play with Baltimore up 3-1.
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That is so strange that that is the correct ruling, as I can't think of any other situation where you could score a run on a play where the inning ends on a force out. It's not like you can score if you cross home before the batter gets forced out at first on a grounder.
And yeah, even if it's the right call, that's WAY too late to overrule. Once every player has crossed the foul line on the way to the dugout, that should be it for protests and rulings.
I would just rather have the umps get it right than say "oops, too bad, too late." They corrected it early enough in the game that the Indians had every chance to win; in fact, they took the lead after that. And if that run doesn't count, the Orioles STILL WIN. Everything was done right here.
I agree with PeterStork. It'd be different for a timed sport like football. In those cases, you can't go back in time and correct your mistake. But baseball's different. Unless you think that knowing you're down one run is going to make you act differently (in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings, mind you; it wasn't like it was the last inning) than if you're tied, then I don't see the problem. Teams are still trying to score. In fact, you'd think you'd try harder to score in a tie game than being down one run.
As a lifelong fan, and part-time ump way back in the day, I was shocked to learn that this is a correct ruling. Then again, I guess no one on the O's was looking to argue it when they didn't get the run originally, so there you go. As for the protest, those virtually never get upheld.
While as a White Sox fan I will miss Fat Bob and his ability to blow games at crucial moments, I could easily see him doing well in a couple laps around the NL and helping the Braves stay in the wild card hunt.