Originally Posted by dougdirt
Protest denied by MLB.
Probably as it should be.
I know it sounds like BS equivocation, but I think that was a bad call, not a wrong call. In a game riddled with "unwritten rules" and "the human element," it's not even like that's an oxymoron. If I'm on the field, it's not a call I make; but if I'm MLB, then I also can't overturn the call/uphold the protest, because the call still does conform to the rule, as written.
It's a catch-22, but upholding the letter of the law trumps an umpire who made a mistake in applying the spirit of it, I guess.
The TV guys came the closest to hitting the nail on the head, I thought: the only reason this call is made is because it was an extra ump, in a position where there normally isn't an ump. Leave it up to the 2nd or 3rd base umpire, and all they see is the SS drifting out at a steady jog, and it probably never occurs to them to call an infield fly when the fielder is getting further and further away from the infield. But an ump down the LF line has a different perspective, and sees the LF running after the fly and still not getting to it as fast as the SS, so he calls the infield fly rule.
I sort of painted that mental picture for myself, and it made a bit of sense, anyway.