Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
I don't have a problem with getting rid of the rule. It is a pretty dumb rule.
AD, I think doing that is to stop situations that happened few and far between. Without having stats (god forbid lol) I'd guess that the majority of INF-fly calls are made on plays that will put the the runners in no-man's land; hence, the reason for the rule. It might be more exciting to some, but I do not prefer the circus-thing/tricky-dicky/nonsense in this great game. No one should drop an out on purpose to benefit their team! This is why this rule was put into place long ago. Akin to basketball having rules in place for purposely missed free throws (must touch rim, etc). Most of us have made jest of "play the game the right way". But this rule is what that is about and why it is there.
I have no problem with people saying the umpire's judgement was wrong (although I think he made the right, although late, call). However, I think the rule is necessary and that is why it has been there for so many years. We do not want the XFL shenanigans in MLB.