Game 19: About the walkoff interference

Not since 2006 had a Major League game ended with a strikeout-inference double play. In a game that featured a pair of two-out, ground-ball RBI singles from Miguel Cabrera, and a home run and a double from Rajai Davis, it was probably fitting.

It happened with a runner on first, one out, Jose Abreu at the plate, and Adam Dunn looming as the potential tying run on deck if Abreu reached base. Abreu didn’t, striking out on a high fastball to end a 10-pitch battle with Joe Nathan.

His reaction, however, was what ended it. Either from frustration or momentum, Abreu stumbled out over the plate on his follow-through as catcher Bryan Holaday tried to throw to second, where Marcus Semien had gotten a jump on the pitch. The throw bounced off Semien and got away from Ian Kinsler covering the bag, but plate umpire Dan Iassogna had already called interference.

The call invokes Rule 7.09(e), which includes under the definition of interference:

Any batter or runner who has just been put out, or any runner who has just scored, hinders or impedes any following play being made on a runner. Such runner shall be declared out for the interference of his teammate.

Otherwise, a batter who strikes out wouldn’t have a lot of discouragement from trying to get in a way of a throw.

The call doesn’t fall under the list of plays that can be considered on replay, so there was no challenge. White Sox manager Robin Ventura headed out for an explanation, but didn’t put up much of an argument. He confirmed the interference call to reporters afterwards, as did Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.

“I did not get an explanation; I was trying to get into the clubhouse as quick as possible before they changed their mind,” Ausmus said. “But my take was that the batter interfered with Doc Holaday’s throw to second. I knew that was the end of the game.”

According to research from STATS, it was the first such ending to a game since Aug. 8, 2006, when then-Ranger Mark DeRosa struck out and supposedly interfered with A’s catcher Jason Kendall as he tried to throw out Jerry Hairston Jr. taking second. That was actually a one-run game at the time; Hairston was actually the potential tying run.

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Doc Holaday. I like that.

Already taken, Doc Halladay

If he can gun down those would-be base stealers, he is our “Doc.”

he’s pretty solid on the basepaths too

And Scherzer have been good twice with him calling the game

Solid game by the Tigers all around. I like they’re getting the bottom half of the lineup to contribute.

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IMO Jose Aberu is ahead of Nick for AL ROY award. Guy can straight up MASH.

Hardly a true rookie, he’s been playing in Cuban professional league for 10 years.

Tanaka who is not a true rookie would probably win at this point. Media and alike are all over him.

both are valid points. either way, Nick has been very impressive offensively in this, his rookie season.

Since we’re not on the subject, let me say that I’ve seen nothing in the new replay review system that improves the game. In fact, it’s made it worse.
Why does MLB hierarchy always think their own game is broken?
Replay review in the NFL led to a batch of funky rules and has made the game, to me at least, unwatchable.

naw you don’t mean that – how has it made it worse!?!? I like it i think it gives integrity to the playcalling! i think it’s still going to evolve though.

The transfer and home plate collision rules have been worse than the replay system. Replay can be accomplished without rule changes and should get better as it goes along. Players are going to have to adjust more than the rules. Like making quicker and lower tags to ensure the out verses just swiping the glove when the ball beats the runner,

Heartily agree!!!!!!!!!1

I hadn’t given an opinion on the replay system so I thought I’d “go on record.” It CAN work just fine, but WILL it? I think the tag rule is a result of replay and, like the neighborhood play, protects infielders. Whoever came up with the transfer rule is obviously taking some exotic drug that we’ve never heard of.
We’re seeing replays take up to five minutes, start to finish, and three of those in one game adds another 15 minutes to an already 3+ hour game. Some of these plays being reviewed can’t be judged quickly or easily, so we spend five minutes to find out it was inconclusive, which most people knew in the first place.
It bothers me that Joe Torre, who had been against it, turned in favor of replay when a Yankee got hosed. It was Robinson Cano and the Infante tag in game two of the 2012 ALCS.
I thought the game prior to these new things was working just fine. MLB didn’t seem to think so.
This is not a rant, just discussing it. A rant would include more colorful language.

Do you honestly think if Verllander had been throwing a no-no that Jim Joyce would have made that same call?

It wasn’t just a loss to Armando,, but also the Detroit Tiger franchise and all its fans.

It’s new, Rich. The kinks will work themselves out with time. I hope balls and strikes also go the way of technology. The umpires are there to uphold the rules of baseball. They have too much power to decide the outcomes of who wins and who loses. Just my opinion.

good points rich. I wasn’t noticing them taking 5 minutes, more like 2 minutes.
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Also, I found this article at fan graphs regarding Casty. It is very interesting http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/contact-and-strikeouts-the-mystery-of-nick-castellanos/

Most of the reviews are shorter, but I’m afraid that will stretch out. Like the NFL where the official spends so long under that hood you begin to suspect he’s watching porn.

Rosenthal: “In the first four weeks of the season, umpires and replay officials occasionally have called “no catch” on balls that once were considered outs, ruling that the fielder must transfer the ball to his throwing hand cleanly. The rulebook states that a player must have “secure possession” of the ball in his glove or hand, but the interpretation of the rule changed to include a clean transfer this season.”
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Glad they changed that. This “secure possession” thing was dangerously close to the NFL’s “complete the process” business. MLB often copies the NFL.

I think it’s not only close to complete the process it is there.
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Here is my very unimportant take on replay and the game on Monday night illustrates my point perfectly. In the early innings Ventura asked for a replay and lost his challenge. But later in the game he went and batted his eyelashes and got one overturned. I don’t believe just because it is in the late innings you can go out there and ask….if you lose it your done. An umpire is never going to say no. If you win your challenge you can have one more. That particular time it went against the Tigers but I would want it that way either way. You gotta limit it.

Very good points Gk. Monday was my first experience with it. I hope that Brad learned it might not be a good idea to freeze our pitcher out on the mound. Torii and Anibal wanted it reviewed but it may have cost Anibal getting out of the inning with just that first run being scored. How long was that challenge.??

Or the opposite a manger could call a review in order to break the rhythm of the pitcher like the time outs called in basketball to stop an offensive streak.
Regarding Monday, I thought the same
A´s had to wait ,once ,almost 5 minutes
What the point of a review in a 9 -0 games, Nats game, two weeks , or so, ago

Let’s just call him “Clutch” Castellanos. The man hits when it counts. He hits .292 when he is behind in the count!!! He draws his walks when the bases are juiced. Wild clutch stats up and down but it has only been over 15 games. Better let him play twenty more games before we alert Cooperstown. Remember Boesch might be a good motto, too.

Nick will have his period when pitchers make adjustments, but this guy is a true hitter. Saw that last year in ST.

What I also saw Monday was it was more about the manager backing up his players for both managers. Ramirez was close to pouting on the field. So Ventura went out.
Brad reacted to Torii’s plea.

And there’s the good side of it. They’re tweaking it as they go. If MLB keeps that approach, the thing will work. Keep those ex-players in the Commissioner’s Office.

Ian Kinsler 2B, Torii Hunter RF, Miguel Cabrera 1B, Victor Martinez DH, Austin Jackson CF, Nick Castellanos 3B, Alex Avila C, Andrew Romine SS, Rajai Davis LF

If this one works we are home free. He moved the guy who is blazing hot to ninth.

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