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Fangraphs: When Infield Flies Go Bad

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That’s all true, and yet infielders have dropped 38 pop ups this year. That simple play, baseball’s version of a wide open layup, isn’t always converted into an out. To be fair, six of them hardly count as being infield fly balls — this Starlin Castro drop should probably have been played by an outfielder, for example:

 

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In recent memory, the most controversial decision by the umpires in on an infield-fly call was in the Wildcard playoff game between the Braves and the Cardinals in 2012. 

It called into question the way the rule itself was written and/or interpreted, and whether or not it needed to be revised.

 

 

 

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I wonder how many of the 38 dropped pop ups were by the Orioles.   Happily, none are mentioned in the article.    I seem to remember our catchers missing a couple, though some of the ones I’m thinking of may have been last year.    

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