The new rule provides that unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score. If, in the judgment of the Umpire, the catcher, without possession of the ball, blocks the pathway of the runner, the Umpire shall call or signal the runner safe.
Okay. Yesterday, the WSox catcher Flowers blocked the plate with the lower half of his left leg as he got set to receive the throw. Video and photos clearly show his knee on the IF side of the line and his foot on the foul side of the line. Then, as the throw came in, he raised that leg and moved around to apply the tag to Blanco.
So–as Blanco was ineffectually charging down the basepath, Flowers, without possession of the ball, blocked that path to the plate. That violates the rule. It’s irrelevant that madly charging Blanco was doomed to be tagged before he reached the plate.
Remember how the 2003 NLDS ended? Snow was out by a mile then too, unless he blew Pudge to pieces (which didn’t happen). Under the new rule, Flowers had the security of knowing that he should not get blown up. He should have kept his foot on the IF side of the line, too. He didn’t. Case closed.
The new rule is so different than the old it’s hard to get used to. But who wants to see any baseball player (much less, from the owners’ vp, a megamillion dollar player) get hurt at home? For christ’s sake, look what it’s done to Ray Fosse.
So almost all of us regulars from this blog have been raging all season on FB. Is there anyone who wants to reconvene here, too? Anyone who wants to join us on FB? Just asking.