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Letter of the law says Yankees are losers

NEW YORK Baseball already has never-ending controversy over unwritten rules. The 2016 season is off and running with a discu sion about the written rules.The Astros’ 5-3 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday hinged on Rule 5.09(a)(11), which was implemented correctly by home plate umpire Dana DeMuth, but which left New York grasping for straws.MORE: Every team’s greatest opening day performance everOn the key play, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, who had already homered and driven in another run, dribbled a grounder up the first base line. Yankees reliever Dellin Betances fielded, and with Correa running on the gra s between him and first baseman Mark Teixeira, lollipopped a throw into right field. Jose Altuve darted home from second base with the tiebreaking run, and Houston added a pair of unearned runs for insurance before the frame was over.Correa being on the gra s is where the rule came into play. A runner is supposed to be on the dirt, in the three-foot running lane painted in foul territory. By running in fair territory, he both shortened his path to first base and made the throw more difficult for Betances.The throw being more difficult for Betances, though, is not covered by the rule. Rule 5.09(a)(11) only covers the first baseman’s ability to catch the ball. The rule reads: In running the last half of the distance from home base to first base, while the ball is being fielded to first base, he runs outside (to the right of) the three-foot line, or inside (to the left of) the foul line, and in the Wade Davis Jersey umpire’s judgment in so doing interferes with the fielder taking the throw at first base, in which case the ball is deadBecause Correa forced Betances into a bad throw, Mark Teixeira never had a chance to be the fielder taking the throw. It was well over his head.The rule reads, and the umpire’s https://www.rockiesedges.com/colorado-rockies/carlos-gonzalez-jersey judgment, is that it impedes with the first baseman catching it, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. My argument is, he has no lane to throw it. So, I gue s Dellin’s only option is to throw it and hit him. I don’t think that’s what baseball wants. To me, it’s something that probably needs to be looked at. That’s a big play, it ends up hurting us.Girardi was informed that the play was not reviewable, which was correct. Even if it had been a reviewable play, it would not have helped the Yankees any because of the way that the rule is written to focus on the first baseman’s ability to catch the ball, not the fielder’s throwing lane to first base. The manager added that he was told he would not say by whom that had Betances pegged Correa in the back, the Yankees would have gotten the out.It doesn’t make any sense to me, Girardi said. Because now you’re asking one of our players to a sault theirs.Umpire Dana DeMuth: “Do it. Throw it into the runner’s back. Because then what’s happening? He is impeding.” Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) April 5, 2016By not planting a baseball in Correa’s spine, Betances walked into a big inning and the Astros benefitted from one of their players not playing by the rules. Correa knew exactly what he was doing, and he wasn’t sorry about it. Why would he be?I was just trying to maybe confuse him, Correa said. Pitchers, they don’t play much defense. So, I was just trying to run in the baseline, and he didn’t hit me in the back, he threw it over.Girardi protested the game after an animated argument, but he knows the call will not be reversed. His point was more to bring it to the league’s attention that the rulebook is flawed in a case like this.If they don’t change it, they should bring more clarity to the rule, Girardi said. I don’t https://www.rockiesedges.com/colorado-rockies/todd-helton-jersey want to go in and tell my pitchers, ‘Just throw it and hit him in the back.’ I don’t want to do that, because you’ll get somebody hurt, is what you’re going to do. He doesn’t have a lane to throw it. Correa’s way in the baseline, and it’s something that needs to be addre sed.For his part, Betances learned his le son about a play that doesn’t come up that often. He just learned it at the cost of a game, and learned the exact opposite of what his manager would hope.Next time, I’ll try to hit him, Betances said. If I have to hit him in the back, I gue s I’ll hit him in the back.That is not what the spirit of the rule intends, and it is why Girardi is right that MLB needs to evaluate the rule think about acting so as not to reward a runner for going where he should not, but also protect the health of its players.

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