Cards turn a 5-8 forceout – a fun rarity – but shouldn’t this have been called an infield fly?
13/07/2014 § Leave a comment
It’s a goofy one:
Matt Carpenter decides not to make the catch and lets the ball drop. Isn’t that relatively easy catch to make? Shouldn’t the batter-runner be automatically out?
UPDATE: Simply, no.
As pointed out by Chris Withers on Twitter, a bunt is an exception to the rule.
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.
Thanks for the reminder, Chris.