Giancarlo Stanton appeared to have thrown out Reds shortstop Zack Cozart for a 9-2 inning-ending double play. The throw certainly beats Cozart to the plate, but a 7-minute umpire’s review (not a Reds challenge) overturned the call, citing the new home plate collision rule (7.13). The rule states catchers may not block the plate unless the umpire determines the catcher needed to block the runner’s path to make the play. Jeff Mathis clearly broke the rule, but does the rule need adjustments?
The Reds scored three runs in the eighth and topped the Fish 3-1. Miami is now 53-55 and third place in the NL East, six games behind the front running Washington Nationals.
After the game, Miami Herald beat writer Clark Spencer was mad:
Basically, the #Marlins got hosed on a confusing rule which had as its genesis the Cousins/Posey collision and the cry-babying that ensued.
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) August 1, 2014
Here’s video of the umpire’s review.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, the Marlins traded outfielder Jake Marisnick and 2013 first-round draftee Colin Moran to the Houston Astros in exchange for righty starter Jarred Cosart. The 23-year old has pitched 176.1 innings in two seasons with an ERA of 4.13. He is scheduled to start tonight’s game against the Cincinnati Reds (54-54) at 7:10 p.m. ET. Time will tell if the Marlins will get “hosed” on this deal, too.
Emotions were running high after last night’s game, and it looks like Juan C. Rodriguez collected so many angry post-game quotes he dumped all of them onto a 6-page article.
Here’s Jeff Mathis’ take:
“I’m just disgusted. That’s a tough way to lose a game for it to be decided from going to such a high and guys doing what they’re supposed to do, executing B-Mo on the mound making a good pitch, Mikey making a good throw and then for it to be decided like that is just disgusting.”
It seems every Miami journalist filled a hard drive with juicy hot takes on the blocking the plate call. Here, Manny Navarro linked audio of reactions from manager Mike Redmond, third baseman Casey McGehee and others IN ALL CAPS.
How deals today may impact Stanton tomorrow | Fish Pond
At the Fish Pond, Joe Frisaro makes the argument that while Giancarlo Stanton’s value may be at its highest this offseason, Miami should wait to trade him. Because this year’s trade deadline saw talents like Yoenis Cespedes and David Price moved across the country for exceptional returns means, his value may be great no matter the context. As with most things filed under Giancarlo Stanton Trade Rumors, the article ended with Miami’s continued statement that they do not plan to trade the right fielder.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
Miller LePree’s game story on last night’s loss versus the Reds.
Daniel Zyldberkan’s level-headed reaction to the Jarred Cosart trade.
After being tied to many players before the deadline, and landing just one big-leaguer, it is clear Miami did not get all the players they bid for. Travis Honeycutt has the story on the Miami front office’s stubborn ways, and preview on Cosart in the same post.