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  1. Credit the imaginative play of the 1894 Orioles for prompting the league to adopt the Infield Fly Rule. D. WALLOP, BASEBALL: AN INFORMAL HISTORY 88 (1969) "Although independent investigation of primary sources has led to the belief that the rule first developed in 1894 and 1895, notes 25-35 infra & accompanying text, a certain sense of justice would be satisfied if the rule developed as a result of play during the1894 season. For that season was the first of the championship seasons of the Baltimore Orioles, the team that developed what is now known as "inside baseball," including such plays as the Baltimore chop and the hit-and-run. The Orioles not only played smart baseball; they played dirty baseball. "Although they may not have originated dirty baseball they perfected it to a high degree. In a National League filled with dirty players they were undoubtedly the dirtiest of their time and may have been the dirtiest the game has ever known." =============================================================== Here's the rule from the Official Rules of Baseball: An INFIELD FLY is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out. The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule. When it seems apparent that a batted ball will be an Infield Fly, the umpire shall immediately declare “Infield Fly” for the benefit of the runners. If the ball is near the baselines, the umpire shall declare “Infield Fly, if Fair.” The ball is alive and runners may advance at the risk of the ball being caught, or retouch and advance after the ball is touched, the same as on any fly ball. If the hit becomes a foul ball, it is treated the same as any foul. If a declared Infield Fly is allowed to fall untouched to the ground, and bounces foul before passing first or third base, it is a foul ball. If a declared Infield Fly falls untouched to the ground outside the baseline, and bounces fair before passing first or third base, it is an Infield Fly. (Infield Fly) Comment: On the infield fly rule the umpire is to rule whether the ball could ordinarily have been handled by an infielder-not by some arbitrary limitation such as the grass, or the base lines. The umpire must rule also that a ball is an infield fly, even if handled by an outfielder, if, in the umpire’s judgment, the ball could have been as easily handled by an infielder. The infield fly is in no sense to be considered an appeal play. The umpire’s judgment must govern, and the decision should be made immediately. When an infield fly rule is called, runners may advance at their own risk. If on an infield fly rule, the infielder intentionally drops a fair ball, the ball remains in play despite the provisions of Rule 5.09(a)(12). The infield fly rule takes precedence. If interference is called during an Infield Fly, the ball remains alive until it is determined whether the ball is fair or foul. If fair, both the runner who interfered with the fielder and the batter are out. If foul, even if caught, the runner is out and the batter returns to bat. =================================================================== The consequence of the rule's abolition would be that all forced base runners would be at risk leading to a greater likelihood of rally-killing double-plays.
  2. Is a feet first slide really safer? https://www.mlb.com/news/miguel-sano-injured-sliding-into-second-base-c293338666 https://www.mlb.com/news/baseball-injury-updates "....Nick Senzel, Reds Cincinnati's top prospect -- and MLB's Pipeline's No. 6 overall -- left a Minor League game Monday with a right ankle injury he suffered while sliding into second base. After a source told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal that X-rays on Senzel's ankle came back negative, the club announced Tuesday the 23-year-old will be in a boot for the next week or two as part of the recovery process. He is expected to need several more weeks after that to be able to return to game action." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Why aren't all players in the organization required to wear sliding mitts on both hands?
  3. Adjusted OP for the Active Roster as of this date. See opening post The 2018 Opening Day Payroll (ODP) was $154.45M. Projected 2019 ODP is now $82.12M -- a reduction of $72.23M or just under 47%.
  4. I am not verifying or contradicting any of the previously posted calculations, but the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) bases a player's service time on a 172 day year. That is, regardless of schedule, a player is credited with a full year of service for 172 days on the active roster. Any excess above 172 days within a championship season is omitted from the service time calculation. All days on the active roster up to and including the 172nd day are included in the service calculation. Here's the reference from the current CBA: ARTICLE XXI—Credited Major League Service A. Definitions (1) One full day of Major League service will be credited for each day of the championship season a Player is on a Major League Club’s Active List. A total of 172 days of Major League credited service will constitute one full year of credited service. A Player may not be credited with more than one year of credited service, 172 days, in one championship season (including any tie-breaker games). Major League service will be computed commencing with the date of the first regularly scheduled championship season game, through and including the date of the last regularly scheduled championship season game; provided, however, that one full day of Major League service shall also be credited for any tiebreaker game played following the conclusion of the last regularly scheduled championship season game but before the commencement of postseason play pursuant to Major League Rule 33(c) (subject to the maximum of 172 service days in any season). This rule shall apply uniformly to all Players and all Clubs notwithstanding differences in a particular Club’s schedule.
  5. Thanks, but the MLB should know better than to call that listing of players the Active Roster; the Active Roster consists of those (currently, 25 players) eligible to play that day's championship season game.
  6. Adjusted OP for the addition of Karns and removed Yacabonis. See opening post Projected 2019 Opening Day Payroll (ODP) is now $78.59M
  7. This is a guaranteed major league contract. The O's are on the hook for $800k unless Karns violates one of the standard contract provisions.
  8. Adjusted OP for the arbitration settlements with Villar, Bundy and Givens. See opening post Projected 2019 Opening Day Payroll (ODP) is now $78.35M
  9. http://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2018/12/mills-and-clark-remain-under-contract-with-orioles.html "Einar Díaz, an extra coach with the Orioles since 2013, has accepted a job as a fourth coach with the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves."
  10. Thanks -- can you cite your source for this information and/or provide a list of the protected players? Major League Rule 2(b) has the following minor league team player "reserve" limits: AAA - 38 AA - 37 All others - 35 P.S. There is no longer an "AA Phase" for the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  11. Replaced Breyvic Valera with Rule 5 draftee SS Richie Martin; moved Villar to 2B. I'm guessing that Rule 5 acquisiton Drew Jackson will not be on the active roster as of opening day. See opening post Projected 2019 Opening Day Payroll (ODP) remains unchanged @ $77.97M
  12. Replaced claimed Ryan Meisinger with Branden Kline. See opening post Projected 2019 Opening Day Payroll (ODP) remains unchanged @ $77.97M
  13. https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/minor-league-free-agents-2018/ To qualify as a minor league free agent: from http://www.milb.com/milb/info/faq.jsp?mc=business#23 Q. How long are Minor League players required to remain with the team that drafted them before they are eligible to negotiate with another team?A. According to Major League Rule 3(b), "All Minor League Uniform Player Contracts between either a Major or a Minor League Club and a player who has not previously signed a contract with a Major or a Minor League Club shall be for a term of seven Minor League playing seasons." See sample minor league contract here (Article VI): https://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/sites/default/files/milb std player K.pdf
  14. Einar Diaz, also -- is/was a coach with the O's since 2013 and in the organization since 2008. I was unaware that he coached major league hitters.
  15. Quoting from the 2018 Orioles Media Guide: "BRADY ANDERSON VICE PRESIDENT, BASEBALL OPERATIONS Brady Anderson was named Vice President of Baseball Operations in February of 2013. In his role, he collaborates with Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter on player development and roster management while overseeing strength and conditioning training and nutrition for the club. He began consulting with the Orioles on hitting instruction and strength and conditioning training in 2010 before joining the team as Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations in 2012...." I guess it depends on what the meaning of "collaborates" is. It also depends on who hired him as Special Assistant to Duquette in 2012 when Dan was EVP of Baseball Operations or promoted him to VP of Baseball Operations under the Duquette regime. Hopefully, if Brady is still with the O's in 2019, that year's media guide will truthfully state clearly that (regardless of Anderson's title) he reports to Mike Elias or to someone lower in the organization.
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