We’ll let Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune and any number of others meditate and agonize over all of that. As stated many times, this is a blog about the Durham Bulls, and where are we these days?
First, let’s settle the most urgent question before us. What about that dribbler that the Indianapolis Indians blew foul Sunday evening? What’s the rule? A careful reader has has pointed out to me that the call is an “interpretation” of the fair ball rule. And he sent a clip from a respected umpires manual (Jaksa/Roder Rules Manual):
It is a fair ball if any portion of a batted ballThen there’s the Bulls roster...
(7) is rolling over fair territory and a fielder, without actually touching the ball, intentionally commits an act (such as blowing on the ball, moving or digging dirt, etc.) that causes the ball to roll foul. Further, if a batted ball is moving over foul territory, has a chance to become fair, and a fielder causes the ball to be touched with detached gear, it is a fair ball.
This is going to be a moving target for the rest of the year. But just to get ready for tonight, here’s what we’ve got.
- Catchers: Lobaton and Navarro
- Infielders: Luna, Furmaniak, Chavez, Dillon, Richard, Johnson (E.)
- Outfielders: Perez, Ruggiano, Jennings, Anderson
- Starting Pitchers: Vasquez, De Los Santos, Phillips
- Relief Pitchers: Downs, Baker, Thayer, Bateman, Abreu, Swindle, McGee, Rodriguez
So who gets the start against Charlotte tonight? Here’s where Montoyo and Hernandez earn their pay. We can only guess that it will not be Phillips or Rodriguez or Vasquez. Maybe De Los Santos?
In the meantime, thanks to NCSue, here’s a cool video to start the day.