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Infield Fly Rule

Infield Fly Rule
The new one activity playoff conference between the two Outrageous Cards champions in the Nationwide Group took position Saturday evening (Oct. 5) between the Atl Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. It was an outrageous activity beginning a several innings in.

First, the Cardinals were able to get a cause on two unearned operates that came from one by MLB expert Chipper Jackson, who is retirement after this period and therefore is enjoying in his last activity if the Braves reduce. And Jackson was not the only mistake in the experience -- the Braves, who were the best fielding group in the Nationwide Group this season, dedicated three mistakes on the evening.

Secondly, it showed up as though the Braves took the cause later when a toss to first hit the sprinter and careened off to the right place bad place, allowing two operates ranking. However, the baserunner was on the infield lawn when he was hit by the toss and that's sprinter disturbance. He was known as out and all athletes had to come back to their angles.

It was the right contact by the officiating group, but it certainly did not please the Braves lovers. So they were perhaps already ruining for a battle when the 8th inning combined around.

In the 8th inning, the Braves had athletes on first and second when Andrelton Simmons jumped up to the remaining part. Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma supported up quite a methods to capture the basketball, then showed up to choose to let remaining fielder He Holliday take it and the basketball decreased in between the shortstop and outfielder.

That should have let the angles be packed, as Simmons' pop-up was not captured and the athletes could enhance. But one of the umpires known as the infield fly concept, which is a concept in position to avoid infielders from intentionally losing a pop-up when there are less than two outs to be able to convert a exponentially increase perform.

When the concept is invoked, it indicates the mixture is instantly out, thereby only allowing the fielding group get one out. However, the concept also needs that the infielder be able to get to the basketball with "ordinary attempt," even if the basketball is not captured or the basketball is captured by an outfield or the basketball is not even in the real infield. Furthermore, the umpire in the experience patiently waited quite some time before invoking the infield fly concept.

Needless to say, going from angles packed with one out to athletes on second and third with two outs did not sit well with the Braves lovers and the experience sustained a duration wait while reasons group associates washed up all the rubbish the lovers used out onto the place.

It certainly was not lacking in drama, but not exactly the type of drama you want to see in a playoff game. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is playing the game under protest, so MLB awaits word on the ruling. However, the under protest rule states, "No protest shall ever be permitted on judgment decisions by the umpire." The infield fly rule is regarded as a "judgment call" by the umpires, so it is unlikely the protest will make much difference.
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Philadelphia Phillies 2011


Philadelphia Phillies 2011: In life, we can never really know what could have been. We can only know what it is.
So all we really know the Philadelphia Phillies 2011, now that Opening Day is finally here, is that four of the most dominant pitchers start in life by chance in line to start about 132 of their 162-game of the year.

But there is a subplot what would happen if this story is beyond comprehension. And it starts with a question almost everyone asked last year at this time, but almost no one question now:

Suppose that as early as December 2009, the Phillies had never been traded Cliff Lee?

It is still a question that gnaws at the innards of the CEO that has been exchanged, Ruben Amaro Jr. Sixteen months later, GM still does not know "if it was the right decision or the wrong move," said said.

Well, it was probably the wrong move on a million levels, despite the logic that motivated. But - cue the "Twilight Zone" soundtrack - without moving, it never happens again.

This rotation does not exist, not in this form of stars, at least. We can only guarantee it.

When you look back and reconstruct the probable sequence of events that made this rotation together, everything becomes clear. The "bad" moves, it moves the Phillies probably never had to do, triggered all the right moves that followed.

It 'started with the domino topple. He created a single point to connect the next point, which concerns all the other points.

"There are many different scenarios that could have been made," said Amaro now. "We talked about this [the office] all the time. We are not Roy Oswalt, and we do not Cliff Lee, if it works exactly the way it did. Honestly, I think. We have the opportunity or if you're smart, you could not tell . But luck probably more cunning. "

Well, whatever, never was a kind of master plan to bring all these together have. GM never wake up one morning and decides it would be fun to go and collect all the Cy Young award winners in North America.

Sometimes stuff just happens in life, because one thing leads to the next thing. And that's gone here.

Because Roy Halladay soon became available when the Phillies made an attempt too short to see what it would take to get Lee signed long term. And that led to a second abrupt decision - to trade Lee to Seattle.

Second, because Lee was gone, the Phillies actually released in July and tried to reach an agreement to bring it back. But because it bid for Texas, which turned around and traded out Oswalt.

And finally, everything was closed when Lee hit free agency during the winter and decided he wanted to be part of the Phearsome Phoursome - or what we call the rotation this week.

How all these pieces come from assembling the way it did? Well, accidents happen. He was one of them.

"We are very lucky," Amaro said that the ball just kind of rolled the right way. "

But there are many more nuances to the trajectory that the ball went. And without each of them, you can not find a "R2C2" shirt hanging on a rack in a shop sporting goods manufacturers in Philly.

So let's start with this question: A year and a half ago, Amaro and his front office to kick off this chain of events is completely wrong interpretation of what Lee wanted to stay in Philadelphia, in the first place?

GM now admits that, obviously, they did.

"But I'm worried," he says, "and why we moved so quickly was that [the Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos] wanted to make a move Roy [Halladay]. And I do not want to miss the boat there. It 'been very stressful and vulnerable time because I wanted to be Cliff Lee. But we had the opportunity to acquire what we thought was the best pitcher in baseball [Halladay]. And I heard not want to lose. "

In retrospect, Amaro said, probably would not have been such a frenzy - the organization of trade (import Halladay) and line up the second (export Lee) at the same time. But he also had a timing issue.

He had a good feeling, if I could sign Halladay traded for him. It was not so sure that would never sign Lee. So, Amaro feared that if I waited, when he had fully explored whether it would be possible to keep Lee, Halladay would have disappeared.

So all these months later, the man who made the bids is often a reflection of what might have been if he had sent Halladay kept Lee and then found out Lee was out of your price range. Then the GM said he was looking for a potential 2011 rotation of Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick, who was tried and JA Happ ... uh ... Well, who the hell knows?

Lee would be a free agent. Joe Blanton and Jamie Moyer were also called to become free agents. Thus, the only two entries have been controlled the Phillies - the position of this season, remember - is Hamels and Kendrick.

Instead, he met with the four riders on Blanton.

"I believe" Amaro laughs, "I like it."

Well, who would not? But of course, Amaro always under the assumption that we do not know with certainty to be precise - that Halladay had not acted right, then, do the Blue Jays have turned around and traded elsewhere.

"Without doubt," said Amaro. "I certainly would. Why should not they?" I can not speak for Alex, but I know that Alex was the main objective to get as much talent in his system as he could. And I guess, maybe be wrong, that all should leave enough talent to get this man. "

Now, it is interesting to note that Anthopoulos said he is not 100 percent sure. And it's even more interesting that Halladay, who had a no-trade clause to complete, said Philadelphia was "fairly close to the place that I was ready to go." So, if the agreement had not been prepared Phillies, "I do not think I would have acted," he said.

Bitter, but remain skeptical.

"One would think," he said Halladay, "if it does not come to Philadelphia, there is a situation where he ends up being in New York [Yankees]" - while the Yankees have done their darnedest to make him a multigazillionaire.

OK, maybe. Or maybe not. But even if Halladay had not been exchanged, so it was very interesting man of Trade Rumor again last July. Or does it become a free agent last winter, when Amaro is convinced that its price has approached the gross domestic product of the Netherlands. In other words, the GM said, Cy Halladay would have been a Phillie.

"I do not think there is any possibility," said Amaro. "God knows what will eventually sign a free agent."

As a free agent, he would have taken 60 million over three years - it's the Phillies signed him when they traded for him? Seems almost absurd. But Halladay said: Do not be so sure.

"I had the free will to choose what you want to play," he says, "not a chance to see how much money you can get. ... So more than likely, I pushed pretty hard, if you'd become a free agent , is here. "

Then again, Halladay admits: "It would have been different [if] Cliff should have been here. If he had stayed, would probably have signed a long-term residence of a lot, too. So I do not know what happened."

But Amaro said he knows what would have happened. Although both Lee and Halladay was willing to take the same below-market, five years, 125 million U.S. dollars against Lee decided last winter, there was not enough money in the account Audit Phillies do it twice.

"I can tell you this," Amaro says. "We could not have [the book], both of these guys five [years] times $ 25 [million] -.., and it's at least what I would certainly tell you that"

In other words, in almost any scenario other than that which occurred, chances are that the Phillies would now use both Lee and Halladay fairly close to anyone or anything.

But to say that the miracle happened. Somehow. That they had traded for Halladay in July instead of December. Then there would be no trade for Oswalt. Or say they acted to get Lee in July. Then there would not agree to Oswalt.

"Pretty good plan B," Amaro said, laughing.
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The Washington Nationals

Even if they came out their first playoff appearance in five years, Atlanta Braves have yet to start a new chapter in the franchise plans.
The Washington Nationals will only be happy if you can take a step forward to take the baby to a winning season in the National Capital.

Led by new manager Fredi Gonzalez, Atlanta begins its 2011 season against Washington in the opener of a series of three at Nationals Park.

Braves begin a season without Bobby Cox as manager for the first time since 1989, a year before Cox began his second term with the club. In total, he has managed the franchise in Atlanta for 25 seasons, winning over 2,000 games, five National League pennants and World Series in 1995 before retiring at the end of 2010 season.

Atlanta tried to send Cox in the lead, winning the NL Wild Card to return to the playoffs for the first time since 1995 but was defeated in four games by the San Francisco Giants in the series of National League Division.

Gonzalez was hired Oct. 13 to replace Cox, after being fired by the Marlins in June he spent four seasons on the staff of Cox 2003-06 and was 276-279 during his three and half years with Florida.

Dan Uggla will start at second for the Braves after being acquired from Florida during the offseason and he will add some power to the Atlanta lineup. Uggla has set career records last season with a .287 average, 33 homers and 105 runs in flight, and is the player base only second in MLB history to notch four consecutive seasons of at least 30 circuits.

The acquisition price Uggla Braves All-Star relief utilityman Omar Infante and Mike Dunn and All-Star also moved Martin Prado on the left, while rookie Freddie Freeman is scheduled to start at first.

Not everything is new to Atlanta as Chipper Jones is back in its eighteenth season with the club. Set to turn 39 in April, Jones is trying to recover from surgery on his left knee that ended his season last year, beat 2008 champion and former NL MVP hit .387 in 21 games this spring.

Taking the ball for the Braves in the opening day of the third consecutive season of 37 years Derek Lowe, who finished second in the club last year with 16 victories, but there was a club of 12 actual losses in 33 starts with a 4.00 ERA. The right-hander, however, has won his last five starts of 2010 with a 1.17 ERA before giving up only three points in a pair of defeats in the playoffs.

Nationals Lowe met five times last year, going 2-3 with an ERA of 3.52.

Washington against Livan Hernandez's own veteran, who has 10-12 in 2010 despite a solid 3.66 ERA over 33 starts top clubs. The 36 - year-old also exceeded 200 rounds struck for the 10th time in his 15 seasons.

The right-handed Hernandez, who is preparing to make its debut on the fourth day of the opening for the franchise, went 2-1 with an ERA of 2.35 in five starts against the Braves last season, which makes two points or less four of those outings.

Hernandez tries to get off the Washington office of his right foot after the club posted its fifth straight losing season last year. Even if you avoid a third consecutive 100-loss campaign, people are not ready to above .500 since the club based in Montreal went 83-79 in 2003.

Help is on the way Stephen Strasburg, the first overall pick in 2009, had seen remarkable debut last season that ended prematurely because of an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. He should be able to contribute back to full time in 2012, which is also where the top draft pick in 2010 Bryce Harper could be ready for the big leagues.

The two are third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and right fielder Jayson Werth will provide a solid core of Washington. Werth made his debut with the Nats this afternoon after signing a $ 126000000 seven years to address this offseason. He has spent the last four years the Phillies, hitting .296 last season with a career-high 106 passes made during an average of 29 houses and 84 RBI the last three years.

Washington, however, lost first baseman Adam Dunn in free will and replaced by former Adam LaRoche Diamondback after two countries not Derrek Lee and Carlos Pena. LaRoche, who began his career with the Braves, was a career-best-100 RBI a season ago with 25 homers and a .261 average.

The second baseman also include a new look at Danny Espinosa, who is expected to improve the defense that committed 127 errors last season. Center fielder Rick Ankiel, another newcomer, also should help.

Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez enters his second season with the club and 14-time All-Star play Thurs 2500 th of his career today.

Washington won the season series in Atlanta last year, surpassing the NL East rival 10:18 times. This led to a victory in six of nine at Nationals Park.
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