Arguing that hit was an infield fly is akin to arguing that Golden Tate had simultaneous possession a couple weeks ago. It's just stirring the pot at this point.
That is the whole point of the rule... to prohibit someone who could have made an ordinary catch from suddenly letting the ball drop. It doesn't matter whether he catches the ball or not... the point is it didn't require extra effort to get under it. He was there waiting... that's an out right there once the umpire recognizes that.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
That wasn't ordinary effort...dear God, the point of the infield fly rule is so that the fielder doesn't double up the runner by dropping the ball on purpose.
He didnt catch the ball and couldnt have doubled up Roger Ebert.
He was under it as it flew over head . It's not like it landed at his feet.
Brutus, with all due respect, Kozma was never "camped" under the ball.
He called it at a time when it as clear that he SS was unable to get under the ball.
Off the bat it looked like a sure out. The longer the umpire waited, it became less clear that the SS could get under it. When it became clear he couldn't get under it, the umpire finally made the call.
The purpose of the infield fly is to prevent DP's, not protect incompetent infielders. When the call was made, there was zero chance of a DP.
I've never seen an umpire wait unil the last moment.
He never even had to sprint to get to the ball. It was literally a slow back pedal.
That was ordinary as ordinary can be for a starting major league shortstop.
Under your definition, if the SS runs into left field on any fly ball and gets there before it hits the ground, it's infield fly. Use your head here- the rule has a purpose.
From Rule 2.00
"When it seems apparent that a batted ball will be an Infield Fly, the umpire shall immediately declare “Infield Fly” for the benefit of the runners. If the ball is near the baselines, the umpire shall declare “Infield Fly, if Fair.” "
That was a horrible call but I'll take it. Cards advance to play Washington.