The umpires weren’t wrong against the Rays, but MLB should revisit the rule

In a game that will rethink the 5.05 (a) (8) game rule, the Boston Red Sox left the Tampa Bay Rays down, 6-4, thanks to a home run by Christian Vázquez with a circulating man in the middle. down from the 13th inning, and they took the lead in their 2-1 American League Division Series.

Vázquez defined a match where both teams alternated the advantage and remained tied until the moment of the definition. But at the top of that inning there was an unusual play that has caused controversy.

With two outs on the board and Yandy Diaz at first on a single, Kevin Kiermaier hit a hit that hit the right-field fence and rebound on outfielder Hunter Renfroe. The rebound caused the ball to leave the park and prevented Diaz from scoring comfortably. The referees, after consulting the New York replay center, determined that the hit was a rule double and returned Díaz to third base.

According to rule 5.05 (a) (8) “any ball in the fair zone that jumps, is deflected by the fielder towards the stands, or over or under a fence in fair or foul territory, in that case the batter and all runners they will have the right to advance two bases. “

“That rule will have to be rethought. Maybe in the offseason we will see a correction. Some rogue player, and look at there are some in MLB, could take advantage of that situation. He just needs a little histrionics to make the referees believe that his outrageous The move to ‘lose the ball over or under the fence was unintentional,’ “reflected Damián Delgado Averhoff, editor and writer for ESPN Digital.

Enrique Rojas, a reporter for ESPN, stressed about the play that “while some players and, understandably, almost all the fans, reacted confused, the umpires correctly applied the baseball rules for such situations.”

“It is clear – added Rojas – that it is not a very common play and that to make matters worse it took away a career in a postseason extrainnings to a team, but that does not mean that the referees did not do the right thing, as indeed they did.”

The journalist and producer of ESPN, Leonte Landino agreed in the appreciation of Rojas and took advantage of the debate to ponder the state of form of Enrique Hernández and the value that the “Fuerza Boricua” is having in this Boston Red Sox team.

“Kike Hernández does not stop performing in the most important year of his career. And that Christian Vázquez defines with a home run is the type of prominence that is achieved in this type of game because in extra innings the rivals know that neither Rafael can beat you. Devers, not Xander Bogaerts, not Alex Verdugo, not JD Martinez, so you have to fight with the rest. “

“Vazquez took responsibility and dressed up as a hero, even though manager Alex Cora is betting on Kevin Plawecki to start catching working with starters,” Landino said. “The plan is working and Boston is one win away from advancing to the American League Championship Series.”