Originally Posted by redsfaninbsg
Show me a minor league or classic game that had an umpire reward an out when a pitcher cuts in front of the first baseman to catch the ball, a good five feet from the bag and I will back track on my statement.
How many times has a play like that even happened? That was a fluke play. Yes, he should have verified that the 1B had it, but I understood immediately how and why he missed the call. He's staring at the bag, and listening for the catch. He heard the catch beat the runner. The part of the play that was really bad for the ump was the 1b foot coming off the bag. Yes, it was a badly missed call. They happen. The percentage of close plays they get right is kinda astounding IMO. Sometimes I'm stunned at plays they get right when I can barely tell on a slow motion replay.