Two questions: Seems like the ground rules should cover strange construction at the Diamondbacks park to affect redirected balls like the one that was hit for the inthepark HR today. In that event should that not have been held to a ground rule doubleAppeared that the ball that Headley caught and was charged error on was clearly out of bounds yet neither 3rd base or home plate officials called it either way yet it stood as a fair ball. Your thoughts? – Brent
I understand your frustration in seeing Drew’s inside the park home run today. I also personally feel that the idiosyncrasies of each park makes the game more interesting. With each park being different it is easy to have different rules for each venue. That is why the umpires meet with a representative from each team (coach/manager) before the game to discuss the ground rules being enforced at that particular venue. The ball that was hit today was simply hit a strange angle on the wall which is totally legal. It is up to the visiting outfielders to determine how a wall will play on any given day.
As for the ground ball down third, that is the home plate umpire’s call. Whether or not that call was properly made by the umpires is irrelevant because the players should ALWAYS play a batted ball out and assume it’s fair until the umpires call it differently. Both Chase and Adrian appeared more interested in the umpire’s call than finishing out the play. No excuse for not playing it out, and it cost the Padres two runs today.
Thanks for the email, and for watching the show!