Re: Postseason Scoreboard watching....
Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds
I'm not trying to attack, I'm sorry. I just think I'm debating a contrarian opinion here.
It's pretty clear the rule was misapplied. It's called immediately because the nature of any ball off the bat that should be an infield fly will be immediately clear as an infield fly.
If you have to wait on it and judge it, so do the fielders, meaning it's no longer a routine pop out.
No you're debating someone who umpired for several years. I'm not being a contrarian, I'm speaking from experience. That's the rule and he did exactly as he's taught to do. You say it was "pretty clear" that it was misapplied, but what formal training to you have to know this? I promise you 100% that he did exactly as I was taught to do in my training. That's what umpires are taught to do on that call. No offense, but I don't know how someone can say it was clearly misapplied when they initially didn't know that the ball didn't have to be on the infield to be an infield fly. Your initial statement was that "how can a ball dropping in the outfield be an infield fly rule?"
It doesn't have to be obvious as soon as the ball is hit. If the infielder doesn't have to sprint to the ball, it's generally considered ordinary effort. And if the ball hangs up long enough for an infielder that is back pedaling or jogging, that's usually considered an infield fly when the umpire deems the infielder is going to be able to make a play on the ball.
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Last edited by Brutus; 10-05-2012 at 10:12 PM.