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Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura is the latest to show his displeasure with MLB’s new rule that aims to prevent collisions at home plate.
The White Sox had a 1-0 lead over the Giants in the bottom of the seventh inning when they threw out Gregor Blanco at home plate to keep their narrow lead intact. However, Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to argue that Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers blocked Bochy’s path to home plate, which has been ruled illegal by MLB in an effort to avoid collisions.
Plays that involve the new collision rule are reviewed by a central viewing office in New York, who ruled that Flowers used his left leg to block the plate, resulting in the call being overturned to safe. That set off Ventura, who was ejected from the game almost immediately after he came out to argue the reversed call.
Ventura got his money’s worth after being tossed, repeatedly kicking dirt across home plate and cursing at the head umpire.
Ventura had reason to be angry, as he challenged a similar play the night before in the White Sox’s 3-2 win, which was not overturned. Though his anger was justified, Ventura was barking up the wrong tree, as the actual umpires did not make the decision to overrule the initial call.
After Bochy was ruled safe the flood gates opened, as the Giants went on to score six more runs in the inning to take a commanding 7-1 lead, which would be the final score. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Giants (63-57), who have fallen to 5.5 games behind the Dodgers for first in the NL West. With the loss the Sox fell to 57-64 and have slim hopes of making a playoff push.
The new rule that prohibits catchers from blocking home plate has resulted in harsh criticism of MLB, and it maybe something for Rob Manfred to reconsider. Manfred was named MLB’s new commissioner today after being voted in over Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, reports the Daily News.
The rule is was put in place because of the ever increasing fear of concussions in professional sports. However, Ventura feels that MLB is not going about making the call the correct way. "If you look at the spirit of the rule of what they are trying to do and what it's actually doing it's a joke," said Ventura according to The Associated Press.