What’s considered an “infield fly”?

by Mickey on October 5, 2012

In the eighth inning of the Braves/Cardinals wild-card playoff game, the Braves had runners on first and second with one out.  Andrelton Simmons hit a fly ball to shallow left field, which was ruled an infield fly by umpire Sam Holbrook.  Here’s a video of the play if you haven’t seen it yet:


Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez put the game under protest, the results of which will be discovered soon.  The Braves felt that the primary two criteria for an infield fly were not met, which are:

An INFIELD FLY is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out. The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule.

When it seems apparent that a batted ball will be an Infield Fly, the umpire shall immediately declare “Infield Fly” for the benefit of the runners. If the ball is near the baselines, the umpire shall declare “Infield Fly, if Fair.”

The ball is alive and runners may advance at the risk of the ball being caught, or retouch and advance after the ball is touched, the same as on any fly ball. If the hit becomes a foul ball, it is treated the same as any foul.

If a declared Infield Fly is allowed to fall untouched to the ground, and bounces foul before passing first or third base, it is a foul ball. If a declared Infield Fly falls untouched to the ground outside the baseline, and bounces fair before passing first or third base, it is an Infield Fly.
Rule 2.00 (Infield Fly) Comment: On the infield fly rule the umpire is to rule whether the ball could ordinarily have been handled by an infielder – not by some arbitrary limitation such as the grass, or the base lines. The umpire must rule also that a ball is an infield fly, even if handled by an outfielder, if, in the umpire’s judgment, the ball could have been as easily handled by an infielder. The infield fly is in no sense to be considered an appeal play. The umpire’s judgment must govern, and the decision should be made immediately.

When an infield fly rule is called, runners may advance at their own risk. If on an infield fly rule, the infielder intentionally drops a fair ball, the ball remains in play despite the provisions of Rule 6.05(l). The infield fly rule takes precedence.

So what do you think?  Blown call?  Should MLB allow the game to be replayed from that point, as the protest is asking for?


Wait….Who’s Managing Now?

by ryan on August 29, 2011

As the tempreratures continue to skyrocket this summer, apparently so are Umpire’s tempers. Four different managers got thrown out last night and also a bench coach. The Chicago Cubs Mike Quade, San Fransisco Giants Bruce Bochy, Cincinatti Reds Dusty Baker and Washington Nationals Davey Johnson were all tossed is seperate incicents that spanned three different games. Quade didn’t take very long to get the night going as he got hiimself an early shower after just the third batter of the game. Aramis Ramirez struck out and proceeded to argue with home plate umpire Bill Miller when Quade came out and defended his third baseman.

Bochy waited till extra innings before deciding his time at the ballpark that night had gone on long enough. He got sent packing in the bottom of the 10th by second base umpire Dan Bellino for arguing a crucial call at 2nd base. The Astros ended up winning in the very next inning much to Bochy’s chagrine.

The game between the Reds and Nationals was the most intruiging of the night. In a game that went 14 innnings and was decided by a Joey Votto walk-off homerun, both managers were thrown out and then Nationals bench coach Pat Corrales was also tossed. All 3 were ejected by a different umpire. Johnson was ejected in the 7th by thirds base ump. Joe West, Baker in the bottom of the 12th by second base ump. Chad Fairchild and Corrales in the 9th by home plate ump. Sam Holbrook.

It was a crazy night of ejections that doesn’t happen very often for baseball but in a way probably felt good for the umpires as a whole if for nothing else just to have a little fun in the heat.


Wendelstedt Tosses Two Twins

August 23, 2011

Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt tossed Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and starting third baseman Danny Valencia for arguing balls and strikes in the bottom of the 8th inning against the Baltimore Orioles. There was 1 out and nobody on when Valencia struck out swinging. Gardenire immediately ran out and defended his third baseman for a previous […]

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Pair of Veteran Managers Ejected Yesterday

August 22, 2011

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland and Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle were both ejected for sepearate incidents yesterday. The reasons for each manager getting tossed were similar but the respective play each skipper was arguing against proved to be more dire for Hurdle’s team. Leyland got tossed in the bottom of the 6th inning for […]

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The State of Chicago vs the Umpires

August 4, 2011

There were 3 more ejections wednesday night and all of them from Chicago based teams. White Sox pitcher Brian Bruney was ejected in the top of the 7th inning in a game that was already a blowout. In the middle of a thrashing by the New York Yankees, Bruney tried to argue a safe call […]

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Two All-Stars Ejected Last Night in Seperate Incidents

August 3, 2011

Yadier Molina, catcher for the St. Lois Cardinals and Kevin Youkilis, third baseman for the Boston Red Sox were both ejected last night for similar offenses. Both argued balls and strikes and both were then ejected promptly. Youkilis’ ejection isn’t getting as much attention as Molina’s but luckily neither players temper ended up costing their […]

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Weaver and Scioscia Suspended

August 2, 2011

Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver and manager Mike Scioscia were each suspended today for the altercation that occured sunday between the Angels and the Detroit Tigers. When Carlos Guillen showboated his way around the base paths after a homerun that put his team up 3-0 Weaver took offense and threw his next pitch at the head […]

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The Game of Broken “Unwritten” Rules

August 1, 2011

Everyone looked at this game and said it could possibly be one of the best pitching duels this year. It certainly was one of the best matchups pitting two Cy Young candidates in Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels against each other. The game was all fans […]

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A Royal Embarresment

July 29, 2011

The game was already embaressing enough for the Cleveland Indians, being down 7-0 in the 4th inning to the Kansas City Royals but pitcher Carlos Carrasco decided to put himself in the way of individual ridicule as well. In the top of the 4th, up 3-0, with the bases loaded Melky Cabrera stepped and delivered […]

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The Aftermath of “The Call”

July 28, 2011

Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates filed a formal complaint with Major League Baseball about the incorrect call that abruptly ended the 19 inning game between them and the Atlanta Braves. Many have been wondering why the team did this and what it can accomplish. The honest answer is really nothing. They are not going to replay […]

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