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How Would You Rule?

Nate Freiman
July 3, 2015: Toronto Blue Jays @ Oakland A's

Situation: Top of 2nd; bases loaded and one out.

Anthony Gose hit a sharp grounder to 1B. Nate Freiman fielded the ball cleanly and tried to make a tag on Munenori Kawasaki, the runner on 1B, before throwing home. The 1B umpire ruled that Kawasaki avoided the tag and immediate­ly made the safe sign. Since the force play at home was still in effect, C Stephen Vogt recorded the out when he caught the ball with a foot on the plate. Strangely, the Toronto manager John Gibbons argued the call at 1st even though his runner had been called safe and asked for a video review.

Why would he do that?

John Gibbons
Reference: "Baseball Rules Corner," Rich Marazzi, Baseball Digest, January/February 2015

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