Replay Review, ‘Secured Possession Rule’ Officially Ruining Major League Baseball

April 15, 2014 2:37 PM
Replay Review, ‘Secured Possession Rule’ Officially Ruining Major League Baseball
" BOSTON (CBS) — This has gotten outrageous.

Over the weekend, we all witnessed a colossal failure of MLB’s new replay system, when replay officials somehow didn’t have access to a camera angle that showed Yankees infielder Dean Anna to be clearly out at second base. Such a failure is unacceptable, but at least the end result — a safe call, in this case — was not the intended one that MLB wanted.

But what happened in Texas on Monday night was simply outrageous.

In the top of the sixth inning, with the bases loaded and nobody out, Brad Miller grounded a ball back to pitcher Pedro Figueroa on the mound. Figueroa fielded the ball cleanly and fired home for a force out. Catcher J.P. Arencibia caught the ball and pivoted toward first to try retire Miller for a 1-2-3 double play. However, Arencibia lost his grip on the baseball when taking it out of his mitt, ending the chances of turning two.

Dustin Ackley, who had been on third base, was ruled out via force play at the plate "

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