Re: Postseason Scoreboard watching....
Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds
OK even arguing under those terms
What did Kozma or that ball do that took THAT long for him to realize it was a routine pop out? Everything was pretty much set in motion by the time he made the IFF signal.
Either he mangled the rule, or he's a bad ump for having to wait that long to call it.
Kozma was never once sprinting or running to the ball. That is the first thing umpires typically look at to determine effort. If an infielder never has to sprint or turn his shoulder and run with his back to the ball, then any good umpire is going to keep watching the play. Nonetheless, umpires are taught to make sure an infielder is at least in position to make a play before they make the call. The umpire should not and did not call it until he saw Kozma stop as if he were going to make a catch.
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