Major League Baseball issued the following statement today regarding the play at home plate in the top of the eighth inning of last night’s Cincinnati Reds-Miami Marlins game at Marlins Park and the replay judgment that resulted in overturning the initial ‘out’ call, allowing the run to score because of a violation of Official Baseball Rule 7.13:
“The Replay Official judged that the catcher did not provide a lane to the runner and hindered his path to the plate without possession of the ball. The throw also did not force the catcher into the runner’s pathway. As a result, in accordance with Rule 7.13, the ruling on the field was overturned and the run was allowed to score.
“We realize that people may reasonably have different opinions regarding the application of Rule 7.13 in any particular instance because it is a judgment call. We are continuously evaluating the application of the new rule, and we anticipate a full review with all appropriate parties in the off-season in order to determine whether any changes should be made. We also recognize that the exorbitant length of last night’s review, which was more than three times the season average, must be avoided in the future.
“That said, the most important goal of this rule has been to eliminate dangerous collisions at home plate, and it cannot be disputed that the rule has been very effective toward achieving this purpose.”
In a stat that will likely be meaningful to only me, this four-game Reds-Marlins series marks my first time at Marlins Park since it opened. For whatever reason, I wasn’t on the trips here the previous two seasons.
But by going to Target Field in Minneapolis for the All-Star and now here, I have now been to all 30 current Major League ballparks. My total number is 41 when you add the following places no longer existing as MLB stadiums:
Riverfront Stadium (CIN)
Old Yankee Stadium (NYY)
Shea Stadium (NYM)
Joe Robbie Stadium (FLA)
County Stadium (MIL)
Tiger Stadium (DET)
Cleveland Municipal Stadium (CLE)
RFK Stadium (WAS)
Olympic Stadium (Montreal)
Veterans Stadium (PHI)
For honorable mention — I’ve also been to Three Rivers Stadium (PIT), the Astrodome (HOU) and Memorial Stadium (BAL) but that was to cover NFL games
I will try to post some more pictures of Marlins Park when I can.
So the Reds wound up not buying or selling. GM Walt Jocketty will speak to reporters around game time.
I will update you later with what Jocketty said on reds.com.
Good morning from Miami, Fla.
I’m plugged in here at my South Florida bureau (aka my hotel room) and doing my best to stay on top of the Reds potential activity leading up to the 4 p.m. ET non-waivers Trade Deadline.
There have been a couple of deals around MLB so far — with a huge one starting the morning with Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes going from the Red Sox to the A’s for Yoenis Cespedes.
In the last 24 hours or so, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted that the Reds are making OF Ryan Ludwick available. There have also been reports out of Chicago that the Reds are one of several clubs interested in Emilio Bonifacio. Those aren’t exactly face-melting moves that push then needle in either direction of buying or selling for Cincinnati. If they added just Bonifacio, I’m not seeing a huge fix in what’s been ailing the offense.
Deals can be made after the deadline but are harder to get done since players have to clear waivers and trades can be blocked.
Anything can happen in the next few hours … or of course, nothing. Stay tuned.
Reds manager Bryan Price gave leadoff hitter and center fielder Billy Hamilton the day off from the lineup on Wednesday. Chris Heisey took Hamilton’s place.
Hamilton snapped a career-high 0-for-15 slump with a first-inning double and scored a run in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Arizona.
“I think like what I did with Zack [Cozart] the other day, you have to stay aware with these guys that are pretty much everyday players that we keep them fresh,” Price said. “He scuffled a little bit but I like his fight. I really have no concerns about Billy because he goes out there and competes and fights every single at-bat, every single game. I’ve really enjoyed his development. But I also need to stay aware of the longer season. He’s an everyday player here at the big league level, playing center field. I think today was a good day to take off and be ready to go in Miami.”
*The Reds have scored three runs or less in 11-straight games, the longest stretch for the club since it happened 11 games in a row from Aug. 28-Sept. 8, 1967. The last time it happened for 12-straight games was Aug. 26-Sept. 9, 1948, when that Reds team tied the club record previous done in 1914 and 1943 with 14-straight games with three runs or less.
A few quick items following a 3-0 Reds victory over the D-backs.
*Mike Leake delivered a much needed 7 2/3 inning victory in the game to earn his 50th career win. Leake did not walk a batter and struck out eight while giving up five hits. It was the Reds’ fourth-straight quality start from their rotation after they were 1-for-7 coming out of the All-Star break.
“He was just sharp and on the attack,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “I often felt there was a certain element to Mike, a competitiveness that when he unleashes it, he’s on the attack and … attacking the zone and attacking the hitter, pitching aggressively inside which he does very comfortably. There is a fierceness to the kid that makes him even better than his stuff.”
“Leake was pretty good,” D-backs catcher Miguel Montero said. “That ball was moving more than normal. I mean you see it down the middle and the next thing you know that ball is way off the plate. He pitched well. He knows how to pitch, he mixes speeds and his sinker was working. He was working ahead in the count and was making good pitches early and getting quick outs. He’s tough. I’ve got to give credit to him.”
Todd Frazier, who had a dismal 0-for-6 game with four strikeouts in Monday’s 15-inning loss, was 2-for-4 with a RBI single in the first inning and a run scored. Frazier also stole his 16th base of the season before he scored on Brayan Pena’s RBI hit in the sixth inning.
Frazier is four steals shy of becoming only the third Reds third baseman with at least 20 homers and 20 steals. The other two were Aaron Boone and Chris Sabo.
“It’s pretty cool,” Frazier said of his stolen base total. “I was really fast when I was younger, and as I got older, the weight’s kicked in and a couple of root beers. I don’t know; I’ve always thought of myself as a good base runner. You’ve got to have confidence in whatever you do. I got the green light here and I’ve been working on it a lot. I have to give credit to Mike Stefanski, he’s spending tireless hours in there trying to help me out about what times are good to go, because I kind of have a walking lead sometimes, so when to time that out.”