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We didn't mention it but the Astros Ronel Blanco got suspended 10 games after getting caught with sticky shit on his glove

He didn't even bother to appeal 

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29 minutes ago, RIPPA said:

We didn't mention it but the Astros Ronel Blanco got suspended 10 games after getting caught with sticky shit on his glove

He didn't even bother to appeal 

This is the strongest appeal he made:

 

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5 hours ago, RIPPA said:

We didn't mention it but the Astros Ronel Blanco got suspended 10 games after getting caught with sticky shit on his glove

He didn't even bother to appeal 

Per the umpire crew, his glove was the stickiest they've ever seen. 

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5 hours ago, RIPPA said:

We didn't mention it but the Astros Ronel Blanco got suspended 10 games after getting caught with sticky shit on his glove

He didn't even bother to appeal 

I could have sworn that either the appeals process for these suspensions is different from other suspensions or that players just don't feel like there's a chance they can win those appeals after some of the suspensions so far.

Meanwhile in actual games, Skenes has 9 Ks through 4. Pirates are up 6-0. It's possible the Pirates bullpen won't barf this one up like the first Skenes start.

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Last night featured one of the oddest game ending double plays  you'll ever see.   (I think this is technically an U6INT or IF-INT?)

 

 

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It's like the Umps are TRYING to be horrific this year.     There's no way that was intentional, and it didn't matter if it was caught or not, Infield Fly was called, runner's automatically out and runners won't advance.  

But when your last CBA removed ANY accountability from the Umpires and left pretty much all of Baseball no recourse to deal with bad umps, this is what we get.

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1 hour ago, Raziel said:

It's like the Umps are TRYING to be horrific this year.     There's no way that was intentional, and it didn't matter if it was caught or not, Infield Fly was called, runner's automatically out and runners won't advance.  

But when your last CBA removed ANY accountability from the Umpires and left pretty much all of Baseball no recourse to deal with bad umps, this is what we get.


Those who sense their imminent loss of power start to abuse it more egregiously than ever before in that last desperate attempt to keep it/get while the getting's good/shred the evidence.

They know the robo strike zone is coming, eventually.

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Speaking of bad umps

The NY Times has a puff piece about Angel Hernandez which... hoo boy

HE IS SO MISUNDERSTOOD! ALL THE OTHER UMPS LOVE HIM!!!

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1 hour ago, Raziel said:

It's like the Umps are TRYING to be horrific this year.     There's no way that was intentional, and it didn't matter if it was caught or not, Infield Fly was called, runner's automatically out and runners won't advance.  

https://www.closecallsports.com/2024/05/white-sox-lose-after-infield-fly.html

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The rules citation is Official Baseball Rule 6.01(a)(10) ("Any runner is out when—they fail to avoid a fielder who is attempting to field a batted ball, or intentionally interfere with a thrown ball").

Interference during an infield fly throws a peculiar wrench into the affairs, which creates a dead ball that results in a double play, as long as the infield fly is fair. OBR's definition for Infield Fly specifies that: "If interference is called during an Infield Fly, the ball remains alive until it is determined whether the ball is fair or foul. If fair, both the runner who interfered with the fielder and the batter are out. If foul, even if caught, the runner is out and the batter returns to bat."

Accordingly, umpires declared runner Vaughn out for interfering with Henderson (remember, interference's standard is hinder or impede; there is NO contact requirement) and, as the ball became dead at the moment of interference relative to everything except determining fair/foul, there is no question of "wasn't Henderson going to catch it anyway?" When a dead ball occurs, no further action—including fielders recording outs—can take place.

so there doesn't have to be intent or else the call would never ever be made because every possible offender would argue they didn't intend to do anything

this is a sports game, not an insurance hearing after a car accident

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I guess it’s one of those rules you’re not supposed to enforce to end a game. Like with fouls in basketball or late game NFL penalties.

meanwhile

all the calls they mess up and the one they got right is the one they say shouldn’t have been made

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5 hours ago, Cobra Commander said:

I guess it’s one of those rules you’re not supposed to enforce to end a game. Like with fouls in basketball or late game NFL penalties.

meanwhile

all the calls they mess up and the one they got right is the one they say shouldn’t have been made

Gotta love MLB explicitly saying the umpires should use discretion enforcing a rule that has no discretion written into it. 

Do tell, MLB, can you give us a complete list of the rules that aren't to be enforced? 

The umpires got the call right. Period. And every announcer or commentator yelling about intent should be forced to actually learn the rules before they can come back to their job.

 

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7 hours ago, RIPPA said:

Speaking of bad umps

The NY Times has a puff piece about Angel Hernandez which... hoo boy

HE IS SO MISUNDERSTOOD! ALL THE OTHER UMPS LOVE HIM!!!

I will reiterate:

Angel Hernandez is so bad that if we ever discover he's actually been betting on/fixing games all this time it would actually improve his reputation.

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Ronald Acuña Jr collapsed today running between bases with a non contact injury.  

(Kinda looked like he pooped his Achilles)

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8 hours ago, Dolfan in NYC said:

Ronald Acuña Jr collapsed today running between bases with a non contact injury.  

(Kinda looked like he pooped his Achilles)

Torn ACL, done for the year. 😞

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The Nats have DFAed Victor Robles which is not surprising considering he was the most unlikeable player in their clubhouse 

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10 hours ago, hammerva said:

Ladies and gentlemen, baseball's biggest nightmare might be over.  according to Bob Nightingale. Angel Hernandez is going to retire 🥳🥳

Would that now make CB Bucknor the worst umpire in MLB?

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