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Situational Baseball 101... For those who watched the end of the Twins/Angels game last night. Most came away upset with the umpires because they didn't declare an infield fly rule and it cost the Twins an extra out. In my opinion... They have a right to be upset with the umpires because they blew the call. However... Situational Baseball 101... Why did the baseball vet Justin Morneau swing at that pitch in the first place?
Here's the situation for situational Baseball 101. Top of the 9th Inning... Twins are down 1-0. After 8 innings of Jered Weaver shutting us down. Angels closer Ernesto Frieri comes in to face the top of the order. Frieri walked the first batter Clete Thomas and after two failed bunt attempts by Doug Bernier (why he is batting second... I'm not sure)... with two strikes on Bernier... Frieri losses control of an inside fastball and plunks him.
There you go... You have the situation now... Nobody out... Twins down one run... and runners on 1st and 2nd because the pitcher is struggling with his control and Justin Morneau at the plate.
Frieri still struggling with his control... Throws Ball one to Justin. Justin is a veteren hitter... He should know that you when a pitcher is struggling to not help him out... On the second pitch... Frieri threw what would have been ball two... It was inside fastball that Justin tried to turn on and it hit on the handle of the bat and broke it while the ball lightly popped up to the pitcher.
The pitcher Frieri very smartly let the ball drop and threw the ball to first to get Morneau... Berneir was hung up at 1st and after the ball hit the ground he had to run for 2nd and he was easily retired for the 2nd out. It should have been ruled an infield fly but it wasn't because of umpire judgement.
Before discussing the infield fly rule... I just want to point out that... Justin had no business swinging at that pitch in that sistuation. A vet should not make that mistake... That's a rookie mistake... A vet should know better. If you have a pitcher struggling to find the strike zone... Let him struggle... Don't help him... Your first swing should be on a pitch that is clearly the pitch you are looking for. A fastball right where you like it. If it's not where you like it... There will be more pitches to come. It was a key moment in the game and Justin blew it and it may have cost us the game.
OK... The Infield Fly Rule... The infield fly rule exists in the rule book to prevent what you saw yesterday. According to the home plate umpire. They look for Arc to define a pop up and they look for the fielder to be in position to catch the ball.
Frieri was not in total position to catch the ball and according to the umpire that was the reason the infield fly rule was not declared. However, He was not in position to catch it because he stopped going after it. It was clear to everyone... umpires included... that he was letting it drop to get a double play and it was clear to everyone that the ball could have been caught with very ordinary effort.
The umpires know why we have an infield fly rule in the first place. This was an infield fly and it should have been declared so. The Umps blew it and that happens from time to time but let's not let Morneau off the hook and put it completely on the umps.
We have a team full of young ball players who get over aggressive and swing at pitches they shouldn't... That's why young players typically struggle at the plate for awhile. Vets are supposed to know the situation and go up to the plate with a plan. The Justin Morneau plan was pretty simple... He wasn't looking to walk... He was looking to crush the ball and do something impressive. He should know that he can't do something impressive swinging at a pitch out of the zone and if the pitcher is struggling it just makes it double bad. He needed to wait for a pitch in the zone that he can crush... that makes much more sense. If he stays off that pitch... It's 2-0 and Frieri can't load the bases up... He's going to get that fastball right down the middle.
The umps blew the call... Justin Morneau blew it worse.