October 24, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 9 comments

Has new Buccaneer Antonio Brown had his psychiatric eval and started the court ordered anger management program yet?

posted by beaverboard at 10:59 AM on October 24

So...that was a hell of a finish to Game 4 of the World Series!

Every mistake made on that play that I could see after watching the replays:

  • Dave Roberts put Jansen in/left Jansen in.
  • Jansen threw a bad pitch.
  • Taylor bobbled the ball.
  • Muncy threw the ball to the wrong side (always throw up the line so the catcher can watch the runner while fielding the ball).
  • Umpire/someone did not clear the bat out of the way, and Smith stepped on it.
  • Smith mishandled the throw.
  • Jansen didn't back up the plate.
  • Third base coach waved in Arozarena.
  • Arozarena fell down.
  • Phillips kept running to 3rd (blocking Arozarena's retreat option if he needed it).

posted by grum@work at 01:23 AM on October 25

Incredible series of events. I'm not watching nearly enough of each game. Gotta fix that tonight.

posted by NoMich at 08:45 AM on October 25

When asked for comment, Bob Cole replied: "Everything is happening"

posted by tommytrump at 10:29 AM on October 25

A Rod reacts to the ending of that game

posted by NoMich at 11:15 AM on October 25

The game ended on the 34th anniversary of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

posted by beaverboard at 02:08 PM on October 25

And regardless of who wins the championship, this marks the second time that someone named Mookie has broken the hearts of Red Sox fans in the Fall Classic.

posted by beaverboard at 02:24 PM on October 25

After the called strike two on the previous pitch, I was sure that Phillips was about to strike out, probably chasing something. What happened, WOW!

Phillips kept running to 3rd (blocking Arozarena's retreat option if he needed it).

I noticed this in one of the extended replays, and I was like "What is he doing rounding second?? Or even at second?" I get that he was excited, but with two outs and the winning run ahead of him, he presented an (admittedly unlikely, but still legitimate) opportunity for the Dodgers to get out #3 even if Arozarena somehow made it back to 3rd.

posted by bender at 03:08 PM on October 25

Umpire/someone did not clear the bat out of the way, and Smith stepped on it.

When I have the plate and there's the possibility of a runner attempting to score, I will usually move anything that might be in the way, bat, catcher's mask, etc. If the loose equipment is not directly in the 3rd base line, I will usually ignore it. In a situation like last night's game, I would definitely ignore it. There were too many things going on. First, as the plate umpire, I would be watching the batter runner touch first base. It's not my primary responsibility but after watching where the ball is, I will take a quick look. Next, there is the runner from second rounding third. Does he touch the bag and the plate? Again, the plate blue is just backing up the 3rd base umpire, but also makes the call on the plate touch.

The second runner has rounded 3rd, fallen, and gotten up. Since there was a bobble in the outfield, the throw was delayed and thrown to the cutoff man. He sees the runner between 3rd and home and makes the critical mistake. Instead of making a throw, with the runner as far from the plate as he was, he should hold the ball and run toward the runner trying to score. This will force the runner back to 3rd, and if the batter runner has continued to 3rd, you now have the final out. Don't put any blame on the catcher. He thinks the runner is on him, and a swipe tag is all he can do. He appeared to have his feet under him, and stepping on the bat did not seem to affect the play.

posted by Howard_T at 05:06 PM on October 25

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