First a very quick reminder that I’m hosting a chat here on the blog tomorrow at noon. I’m sure we’ll be talking a lot about six-man rotations and injured third basemen and Triple-A catchers looking for a September call-up.
I’m sure we’ll also talk about this.
Today, Joe Torre acknowledged that the umpire crew blew the call last night in Kansas City. Billy Butler’s third-inning home run should have been a double, but there’s little the Yankees can do about it now because Joe Girardi did not immediately file a protest. The problem was that crew chief Dana DeMuth believed a small secondary fence was out of play. In fact, a ball has to clear that fence to be considered a home run.
“His interpretation was that the back fence was behind the wall and out of the ballpark,” Torre told The Daily News. “It certainly wasn’t for a lack of doing his job, just a misunderstanding of the rule.”