Great Mookie Betts Catch Overruled by Replay Review for Some Stupid (Technically Correct) Reason (Video)
Boston Red Sox fans have a newfound sympathy for the Dallas Cowboys after outfielder Mookie Betts had a Dez Bryant moment during Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox.
With Chicago up 5-2 in the top of the sixth, Jose Abreu hit a long fly ball to right-center field that was tracked down and caught by center fielder Mookie Betts. However, after Betts caught the ball, his momentum took him up and over the low center field fence, into the Boston bullpen. And there, after crashing to the ground, Betts dropped the ball.
Initially the play was called an out. However, after a replay review, it was ruled a home run.
Take a look:
Why was the catch overturned? Because MLB’s rule about what constitutes a “catch” is very similar to the NFL’s rule about what constitutes a “catch.”
“A CATCH is the act of a fielder in getting secure possession in his hand or glove of a ball in flight and firmly holding it; providing he does not use his cap, protector, pocket or any other part of his uniform in getting possession. It is not a catch, however, if simultaneously or immediately following his contact with the ball, he collides with a player, or with a wall, or if he falls down, and as a result of such collision or falling, drops the ball. It is not a catch if a fielder touches a fly ball which then hits a member of the offensive team or an umpire and then is caught by another defensive player. If the fielder has made the catch and drops the ball while in the act of making a throw following the catch, the ball shall be adjudged to have been caught. In establishing the validity of the catch, the fielder shall hold the ball long enough to prove that he has complete control of the ball and that his release of the ball is voluntary and intentional.”
In short, catching the ball isn’t enough. If you are running or diving while you make the catch, you have to maintain possession throughout the entire process.
So go ahead and go nuts with the #mookiecaughtit tweets, but don’t blame the umpires. Blame the rules.
Hat Tip – [SB Nation]