The Red Sox lost 9-7 to Toronto yesterday, April 30. One of the key plays of the games was an error by Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Salty threw the ball down the right field line, trying to pick off Jose Bautista with the bases loaded. Two runs scored on the error.
Maybe the Red Sox need to add a MLB Rule Book class for all players, a crash course to learn all the rules in the baseball rule book.
On page 45 of the Official Baseball Rules….
The ball becomes dead and runners advance one base, or return to their bases, without liability to be put out, when—
(b) The plate umpire interferes with the catcher’s throw attempting to prevent a stolen base or retire a runner on a pick-off play; runners may not advance.
When Jarrod Saltalamacchia went to make a pick off attempt at first base, with the based loaded, his elbow made contact with umpire Clint Fagon’s mask, and clearly caused his error on the play.
Here is what Salty said after the game to WEEI:
“I got it, went to...