Baseball’s new home-plate collision rule has made another enemy.
The Miami Marlins were livid Thursday night after an application of Rule 7.13, often called the Buster Posey rule, overturned a play at the plate and gave the opposing Cincinnati Reds a run in the eighth inning of a 1-0 game. Not only that, but the overturned play at the plate, which would have been the third out, extended the Reds’ inning. They went on to score two more runs and win the game 3-1 .
We’ve seen Rule 7.13 cause controversy this season — mostly because no one seems to know how to apply it — but we haven’t seen it alter a game as much as it did for the Marlins in this case. There was one out in the eighth when Todd Frazier hit a fly ball to right field, where Giancarlo Stanton caught it and threw home. His throw beat a tagging-up Zack Cosart pretty easily, and Cosart was called out on the field. It was an inning-ending double play.
But then the play was reviewed by the umpires in New York and, after six minutes and 10 seconds , the call was overturned and Cosart was safe. The inning continued. The game was tied. And Marlins manager Mike Redmond, an ex-catcher, fumed.
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