Major League Baseball pulled a major NFL-move with the ruling handed down on Anthony Rizzo’s slide last night.
First off, take a look at the slide if you haven’t seen it.
This is a horse shit slide by any measure. Except the measure by the 150 pound dudes on twitter with the profile pics in the cut offs and gas station sunglasses with a Budweiser in hand that need to tweet in about how baseball is soft and let us all know they’re super hard.
The Instagram comments are actually pretty funny on this one. Watch these kids duke it out in the comments (above).
But even worse than Rizzo going nowhere near the plate leading with his knee into the catcher’s chest, is Major League Baseball’s handling of the situation. Today they ruled that the slide violates the MLB rules on slides at home plate.
The league did not believe Rizzo intended to hurt Austin Hedges or had crossed a line with his slide. That line, it seems, is arbitrary.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 20, 2017
“A runner may not run out of a direct line to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher, or any player, covering the plate. If he does, the umpire can call him out even if the player taking the throw loses possession of the ball” – MLB.com
Makes sense. Pretty clear violation of that rule there by Anthony Rizzo. But along with ruling the slide was illegal, they noted that Rizzo wouldn’t face any disciplinary action for the slide.
What’s the point of the rules if there are no consequences for breaking them? He wasn’t even thrown out of the game. I don’t totally blame the umpire for that one however, I’m not sure that’s a reviewable play, and it’s tough for the man in blue to watch the play and also pay attention to the intent of the “slide”.
I just need some help with this one. So Anthony Rizzo violated one of the most talked about rule changes of the last decade, wasn’t thrown out, and faces 0 discipline? Well screw the rest of the catchers who get tanked now.
Also, play twitter tough guy all you want, but enough trying to act like Rizzo had no clear path to the plate lol.
Looks like a whole lot of open plate there bud 🤔 pic.twitter.com/LMn6MdIRRC
— Baseball Fam (@ShtBallPlayrsDo) June 20, 2017