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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Thursday, August 14, 2014 :::

This post is at least superficially about baseball, but it's kind of about logic and rules.
Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner. The “unless” means that the opposite is also true, that if the catcher is in possession of the ball, he can block the plate, at which point it is the runner’s job to avoid or minimize their contact.
I was going to elaborate this more, but I don't think anyone who reads this blog confuses converses and contrapositives, or will have any trouble figuring out that this is fantastically wrong.

As it happens, just from the screencaps I seem to be running 100% on guessing which half of the plays that he thinks are indistinguishable (he thinks all 6 runners should be out) from each other were called each way, even though I would need video to really know that the rule as he quotes it is being applied correctly.  In half of them, the catchers look as though they have a leg sticking out toward the runner; unless they're falling away from the runner to catch the ball or something, this gives a strong impression that they were unnecessarily in the way before they had the ball.  The player was constructively safe before the catcher had the ball.

::: posted by dWj at 7:20 PM

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