Today we have our last day of the year with more than two baseball games! Enjoy the full slate!
Brewers and Braves Tied 1-1 (Game 3 10:07 am)
Astros Lead White Sox 2-1 (Game 4 12:37 pm)
Red Sox Lead Rays 2-1 (Game 4 4:07 pm)
Giants and Dodgers Tied 1-1 (Game 3 6:37 pm)
Just what MLB wants as its postseason continues…a rules controversy.
Late in the Tampa Bay-Boston game Sunday, Kevin Kiermaier, known slugger, blasted a ball into the gap. With a full-count and two outs, Yandy Díaz was off with the pitch and would have easily scored had the ball stayed in play. However, Boston inadvertently knocked it out of play, which triggered an automatic double.
It seems the rule has been correctly applied, although perhaps the rule is not great and maybe bases should be cleared on automatic, “ground-rule” doubles.
Sam Holbrook is, of course, the umpire responsible for that infamous Andrelton Simmons infield fly rule call. (Remember a time before Simba was an Angel? Wow!) I cannot say that I remember a third instance where I distinctly remember Holbrook’s name, which on one hand could mean he’s a really good umpire and fans don’t notice him, but on the other hand means that he’s only going to be known for these two plays, which is just incredibly unfortunate.
Elsewhere, Mookie Betts is really good at baseball!
More controversy: broadcaster Jim Kaat apologizes for insensitive remark made on air.
An autographed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson goes for over $1.4 million. Wow!
Remember that Arozarena stolen “plate”? It could have simply been avoided with a strike!
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