Re: The infield Fly
[QUOTE=dabvu2498;2750573 For my money, if the umpire can't make a determination of "ordinary effort" by the time the ball is at it's apex, infield fly rule should not be called. By the time the call was made last night, the runners were already hung out to dry, so to speak.
Yes. This was the crux of the problem. I thought the ball was too far into the outfield to be an ordinary infield fly, but could still have accepted the call if it had been made in time--that is, early and clearly enough to let the runners get back to their bases and not worry about being doubled up. That's the whole point of the rule. Making the call as indefensibly late as the umpire did in this instance, it served absolutely no purpose.