Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Around Baseball Last Night

Does anyone want to read or talk about how bad Joe Blanton has been in two starts? Or should we try to figure out why in the hell John Mayberry was pinch-hitting last night instead of Ross Gload? I didn't think so. Let's talk about a few other things that happened in baseball last night.

1) Bad Umpiring - Two plays happened between first and second base last night that resulted in blatant mistakes by the umpires. You probably all saw the first play, when Ian Desmond tagged Jimmy Rollins with an empty glove then threw wildly to first allowing Howard to reach safely. If the play would have been called correctly, the Phils would have had first and second with only one out. Francisco followed with a single to left. What could have been...

The second bad call occurred in the Houston-Chicago game. Perennial fantasy underachiever Bill Hall got caught in a "pickle" between first and second. He eluded the tag of the Cubs infielder... by running out of the baseline. The video is here. It's not a great video, but if you watch the hilights on ESPN or MLB Network, it's pretty obvious that Hall jumps out of the baseline.

From my perspective on the couch, these were two inexcusably bad calls that shouldn't happen this frequently.

2) Bad Fans - Did you catch any of the Braves-Marlins game last night? No? Well, neither did many people in Atlanta. Attendance at Turner Field last night was 13,865. Pa-the-tic. It's only the fourth game of the year and the fans are already done showing up. Hopefully the players see the kind of support their city gives them...

3) Bad Josh - I'm sure you've all heard, but Josh Hamilton broke his arm tagging up from third and sliding into home head first on a pop-up caught by the Brandon Inge near the third base dugout. Video is here.

What did Josh Hamilton have to say about the play? "A stupid play. I was thinking, 'I don't want to do this ... something is going to happen.' I listened to my coach."

Hamilton, you little bitch, way to throw your coach under the bus and assume no responsibility for your own play.

First, the ball and the play was in front of Hamilton. He does not need to rely on his third base coach on a play like this and he certainly isn't obligated to try to score. It was actually an astute play to notice that Brad Penny wasn't covering home, but after taking two or three steps towards home he should have seen catcher Victor Martinez had also noticed the same thing and was heading towards the plate. With so much of the decision making belonging to Hamilton himself, he shouldn't be acting like it was all the coach's fault.

Second, you don't slide head first into home unless you are willing to take the risk of getting hurt. I don't have a statistic, but most injuries at home that are not from Pete Rose-style collisions, occur to players sliding head first. Hamilton said, "If I slide feetfirst, I'm out." And now he's really "out"... 6-8 weeks.

Third, don't call out your coaches like that. Hamilton should take a lot of responsibility for the play and to be honest, it's quite a bit of bad luck that this happened, but even if it was 100% the fault of the third base coach, Hamilton should be more professional and not be such outwardly accusatory. Josh might not have much life experience with making mistakes, but he should learn that errors in judgement happen and sometimes people need the support from the people close to them instead of constantly being reminded of their errors. Maybe someday Josh Hamilton will make a bad decision or two and somebody will immediately go to the press and call him "stupid."

14 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Thank you Corey for calling out Hamilton. Personally, I'm sick of this guy. I hate that we celebrate this man because he found Jesus, righted his ways, then had a back lapse, but is on the right track again. Screw Hamilton. His remarks after the game blaming the 3rd base coach were childish and unprofessional.

Also, Blanton needs to start pitching better or I have a plan. It's called Vance Worley.

GM-Carson said...

Also, it disgusts me that fans don't turn out for the Braves. They have been competitive for nearly 20 straight years. Show some f'n faith and support.

Preserve Jon said...

Today is the second anniversary of the day we lost HK. A little strange that the Phils are back in DC. Imagine being one of the guys up in the booth this week. Being in the same broadcast booth, they must really be feeling it. Imagine being Chris Wheeler, losing someone you worked with so closely for 30+ years only to be back in the same place he passed several times a year.

Say one today for Harry!

GM-Carson said...

The Phils have played the Nationals the past 2 years on this date that they lost Harry.

GM-Carson said...

I handed out some FU's to Manny and Hamilton.

ripjgarcia said...

Um... Hall out of baseline video.. Are we watching the same video?

ripjgarcia said...

Blanton needs to start pitching better so he has some value at the trade deadline. That's more the reality of it.

Corey said...

"7.08 Any runner is out when—
(a) (1) He runs more than three feet away from his baseline to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s baseline is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely"

if you watch the espn or mlb hilights you'll see hall jump sideways completely out of the baseline and out of the reach of the infielder attempting the tag. i provided graphical illustration HERE. worst part is, the umpire is looking right at it.

GM-Carson said...

Doc K's Werth looking. Sit down!

J-Roll had the perfect opportunity in the top of the 1st and blew it. There's a reason he doesn't have an RBI yet this year.

Corey said...

magic number - 150

GM-Carson said...

Is Manuel scared of Halladay? Any other pitcher in baseball, and they get pulled in the 9th in that situation.

Good job to Doc though. He's awesome.

ACSmitty79 said...

Watching Doc pitch is watching an artist at work. You absolutely cannot miss his starts. He is amazing. He's probably the best athlete (meaning best at what he does) that i've ever seen play in philly.

And what he did to Matt Stairs (and i know he's old) in the 9th just wasn't right.

GM-Carson said...

Speaking of Matt Stairs, why is he still on a MLB roster? He's a good guy, but he just doesn't have it anymore. You mean to tell me that the Nationals don't have a better option for the bench in the minors.

ACSmitty79 said...

I know I was shocked when he came to the plate.