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Everyone who is a follower of Major League Baseball (@MLB) on Twitter has seen the "About Me" part of their profile. Well, that description changed on Friday night during the one-game playoff between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals.

With the Braves down three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, there was an extremely questionable call made by left-field umpire Sam Holbrook. On a  ball hit to shallow left by Andrelton Simmons, Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma drifted back looking to make the play. He and Matt Holliday went towards the ball which ended up dropping to the ground. Holbrook then ruled that it was an infield fly, despite the ball being well into the outfield and a tough play for either Brave. 

That sent manager Fredi Gonzalez and all of Atlanta into a frenzy over the call, which caused the game to be delayed and sent into a protest.

MLB's Twitter used to read, "We don't understand the infield fly rule either," but that was quickly taken down after the disputed call. 

Take a look at the before and after pictures below to see how MLB tried to save face.

 

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  • This call reminds me of days gone by.They wonder why people think the game is fixed. Fire this dirty umpire and prove us wrong. The white wash is not working.
  • The ump made the call when he saw the SS call off the left fielder a settle under the ball. Correct call. Simmer down folks.
  • If you watch the slow motion, you will see that the SS begins to break off and then the umpires arm starts going up. The runners are both half way to the next base. Keep in mind that the infield fly rule is incorporated to help keep the runners from being doubled up from an intentional drop. So in this case the late call of an infield fly would have actual benefitted the defense and not the offense. Holbrook made a bad call, he should have made it much sooner. As an umpire for many years I would say "Bad Call".
  • If you knew anything about baseball you would know that the guy coming in, the outfielder, has the say. So, the shortstop doesn't call the outfielder off. Also, an infield fly rule call is supposed to be called when the ball is hit, not when it's going to fall to the ground...
  • @hawaiikai, Just how far out can the SS run into the outfield and still call it an infield fly? Where is that cutoff point? Conceivably, a SS could run to the wall and wave off the LF. The point is that it should not be discretionary. There must be a defined space or else, inevitably, it will be abused and not used equally against all teams.
  • They did not make the right call! That call is for when an infielder is trying to miss the ball on purpose so they can load the bases for a possible double play. This was not going on with this particular play! I know they need this rule, but they should without a doubt, change it! it needs to be up to date with the 20th century, much less the 21st! this isn't the 1800's any more!!!!
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  • So Hawaiikai,

    Let me see if I've got this straight? On every occasion in MLB history when an infielder has ran 50 feet into outfield to make a play and settled under a fly ball, the infield fly rule has been called....not certain, but I'm pretty sure that is not the case!
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