Friday, August 1, 2014

Video: Another look at overturned call at home plate

The Reds defeated the Marlins, 3-1, Thursday night. But the victory didn't come without controversy.

With Cincinnati trailing 1-0 in the top of the eighth, Zack Cozart was thrown out easily at home plate trying to score on Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. However, Reds skipper Bryan Price charged out of the dugout arguing that catcher Jeff Mathis didn't give the runner a clear path to the plate, which resulted in a relatively lengthy six minute replay delay. After the review was over, the call was overturned and Cozart was ruled safe as a result of a violation of Rule 7.13 by the Marlins.

This tied the game at one before Ryan Ludwick promptly delivered a two-run single moments later to give the visiting Reds a 3-1 lead. It was a lead the Reds would hold on to as well.

What do you think about MLB's new blocking the plate rule? Do you believe it's a good thing on a part of safety? Or do you think it is watering down the sport?

1 comment:

Pete said...

Pete, I think it's a good safety rule if reviewed correctly. The ruling against the Marlins was so, so wrong. It was obvious that the player was out by at least five feet. Knowing baseball, the player never should have attempted for home on a short fly ball like that and with an arm such as Stantons.