Of Baseball's Litany of Dumb Rules, the Wet Dream Tops the List. Right, Mitch Moreland?

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Going to Frisco tonight for the debut of Cuban defector/Texas Rangers stud prospect Leonys Martin.

Or am I?

Maybe I'll go and sit in traffic and have a hot dog and two cold ones and Martin will dazzle with a two hits and a stolen base and...then it will rain and I'll drive home like it all never happened. Like it was all some big...wet...dream.

Yesterday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington pitcher Matt Harrison pitched four scoreless innings, Mitch Moreland hit his first career grand slam and Texas finally won a series, beating the Oakland A's 7-0 nothing happened. Nope, because it rained and rained and rained some more in the middle of the 4th inning, the game officially was washed out. Stricken from the records. Redacted from the standings, if not our memories.

Harrison didn't throw a pitch. Moreland didn't jack one into the seats off A's pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Julio Borbon did not extend his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. The Rangers didn't send 13 batters to the plate in the 3rd inning, because there was no 3rd inning.

Said Gonzalez, "One apology I want to make is to Mitch. Sorry, buddy. I'll definitely sign you over a check or something, whatever you want. I got away with one and I admit it."

First time since 2002 the Rangers have played three innings of a game that ultimately was canceled.

Not just saying this because Texas lost a win, but because the "postponed" game is one of the dumbest rules in what is at times a nonsensical game.

In baseball, managers -- wearing uniforms, no less -- slowly walk onto the field to change pitchers. Players and managers can argue with an umpire on a judgment call for as long as they please. And, if so desired, a pitcher could legally make 20 consecutive pick-off throws to first base.

But trumping them all is the rule -- 4.12 (7) -- implemented yesterday that states that a game is not official until 4 1/2 innings have been played with the home team ahead, or 5 innings with the visiting team tied or in the lead.

Why?

A baseball game should be nine innings. Calling games off after 3 1/2 innings or calling them complete after 7 innings is ridiculous.

Imagine the Cowboys leading 28-0 at Giants Stadium at the two-minute warning of the first half of a Monday Night Football game when lightning/weather delayed the game for three hours. Now what if NFL rules deemed that game unofficial, to be replayed from 0-0 at a later date? Or what if the Mavs lead the Thunder by 18 points in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals just before half and the lights go out at American Airlines Center, to never come back on? Think the NBA would call for a do-over, or simply pick up the game where it left off? You finish half your In-N-Out burger at lunch, then eat the rest later. Unless you've got time and money to burn, you don't throw it away and go buy a new one next time you're hungry.

You get the point: Only in baseball and sex do you totally start from scratch if you don't finish what you started.

Instead of a complete re-do, why don't the A's and Rangers just resume the game in the bottom of the 4th next time they meet? If it's not Gonzalez's or Harrison's turn in the rotation, so be it. It is, after all, a team game over a league of individual stats, right?

A lof of baseball's rules are simply maddening, but this one packs a competitve effect. If the game is replayed and the A's win and somehow Oakland edges Texas by a single game for the AL West title...

If this reads like sour grapes, just pretend I never wrote it. After all, it might rain today.

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ESPN
ESPN

I love how you and Greggo are always knocking me, yet you read me everyday and link me to this blog. Kind of like what you accuse some people on this blog for doing...'unhappy with the food but they still come to the restaurant everyday.'

stewart cedar
stewart cedar

greggo 180s:mike fisher, steve dennis, 105.3, espn, scottie pippen, any drug addict ever...

u get the point.

my favorites are steve dennis and mike fisher as greggo would constantly rip them and now they are great.things you gotta say just to keep a job after u screwed the pooch twice.

if it werent for ESPN, the hammer would have no content.

hammer made a living on just spouting off an HSO whether it correct or not.he figured by saying it emphatically then no one would challenge it.

facts are he's wrong more than he's right and he steals his content from others including ESPN whom he loved while briefly employed there.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Heard a story about how Greggo used to claim to be a former Major Leaguer, when he first met most of the Ticket guys..must of thought he was Charlie Pride (who also claims that, but never was either)

aboutschmidt
aboutschmidt

My bad, that should be Darrell Royal and UT's baseball coach both tried to pursue his athletic talents for football and baseball. He must have been quite the athlete playing in the big leagues and all.

Greggo's 180s are hilarious. Steve Dennis was especially funny since he loved ripping him any chance he got at the Ticket and he acts like he always loved him now.

aboutschmidt
aboutschmidt

that was from Richie's Hardline cover story. Greggo claimed he played for the Montreal Expos and hit a home run off Steve Carlton in his very first at-bat. He also claimed that Darrell Royal and the University of Texas actively tried to pursue his baseball talents. And he claimed to date country singer Tanya Tucker.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

In fantasy news, I've undergone yet another team name change, since it's the only way I can make myself feel better about the standings. Two days of rather impressive hitting hasn't made much of a dent, and my pitchers have now decided they can't pitch. I've fired my GM, slashed ticket prices, and replaced the play-by-play man; he's a nice guy and he tried, but it wasn't working. I vote that the league contracts me.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

On a related note, I will consider any trade offers of merit for anyone on my roster.

It's not a liquidation though. I'm not taking that dude you just picked up as a free agent two days ago for Votto. Yeah, I pay attention to those things.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I sent one over for Greinke...will look at counters. Like your new name (sucking up)!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I hate typing but here's SFBL update:SM-79BalkYou-72Merten-69Davy-68TKR-64Fandricks-61TRDP1-58.5Stupid Bitch-55.5JBL-55Richie Shitt's-43.5Minnescruffy-34.5

What a COMMANDING lead by Merkin. Sorry to whoever has Moreland, but if you have him starting you deserve it anyways. TKR has finally come back down to earth and still has not made any moves. I plan on passing him in the next two weeks. That's right heteros, I'm shooting for the top 6 so look out.

JBL, I can't get to the SFBL site due to work blockage, but I'm gonna keep Oswalt even though he has the second highest ERA on my staff. I need his wins and K's.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Doesn't hurt to ask sir, I tried to "help" out Merten this morning and he shouted me down for it..(not really, but it sounds cooler) I'm just drafting/pushing you and SB right on through the pack towards the front..like it used to be at Dega and Daytona...then I'm gonna push y'all out of the way and take the checkers ala a final lap at Bristol (the track, not Palin's fatass daughter with the RW-like child). SUPER POW! Days of Thunder was prob Cruises finest movie (not really, give me Risky Bidness!)

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Dude, I'd totally tap Bristol like pow pow. Her jawlift has taken her from Mesquite chubness to Addison moderate spicy. She's onlly celeb-hot; wouldn't stand out in a crowd here.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Richie asked me how his fake team was doing and I told him his best bud scruffy was doing his best to keep the shitts out of the cellar

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

If Scruffy and Shitt's could combine scores, they'd tie you for first place. You're so good and you're so very black.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

It's sad when my squad can't get past a bit. Now I know how Donovan feels about Dan.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

MLB must not like charity either, they took a Hr off the books whcih means they took a donation off the books too, LOSERS

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Too many games so who cares? I guess maybe the fans that paid for a ticket, but seriously?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

What the what? Your best sportsy post in awhile. Couldn't agree more.

I feel kinda weird. And I blame Mason Tobin for the rainout.

Baseball Intelligence
Baseball Intelligence

Yeah...this sucks. Start writing assinine stuff again about baseball again RW. It just feels weird to agree when it comes to baseball.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

There was no reason that they couldn't of waited it out..everyone knew it was going to blow over by 6 to 7 pm..still would've had plenty of time to make it back to Oak for today's day off. Bet the umps had places to be..and that took priority over Baseball.

Sturm's Bloody Rectum
Sturm's Bloody Rectum

Per article 5, of the MLB/CBA contract..... http://mlb.mlb.com/pa/pdf/cba_...(10) No Club shall be scheduled, or rescheduled if practicable, toplay more than 20 consecutive dates without an open day. Oakland doesn't have there next day off until June 2nd.I'm too damn lazy to look up the Colby Lewis paternity leave for you RW.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Thank you Sturm maybe you should take over this blog. One would think a "journalist" of Richie's high caliber would be able to tell his readers why the game was called so early (like around 4:40). The Hard Line with help from Evan Grant did. Let me just stop myself here maybe RW's and hoarse voice did and there 17 listeners heard it.

Still waiting to see those ratings you where so giddy about yesterday RW. Come on little man hang that skin on the wall for us to see.

Sturm's Bloody Rectum
Sturm's Bloody Rectum

Only if you want posts about home/car repairs and what is the problem with having a beer before 8am while golfing............mainly just drinking posts.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

The beer before/duringg golf isn't a problem, it's an opportunity sir...used to love getting to the club at 6:30am on Sunday and getting a beer and bloody mary with my eggs and bacon.. then playing 36..Shakes fist at God, RW, Lebron/Wade and the dang wife and kids!

POed
POed

You could see the line moving across any radar and deduce the end of precipitation around 7pm by extrapolating the consistent velocity of the trailing edge of the storm.

So Why TF didn't MLB "get it"?

They wait two hours for show (there was no way the rain was going to end after two hours as evident by radar indication) and then say "well we tried but we better cancel this one".

I've seen the outfield turn into a lake and drain within an hour so don't feed me that one.

Both teams had off days today. Both teams had all night to get five measly innings in (or at least try).

This sucks big time because one team was up by 7 (it would be a smaller injustice if the score was tied).

Why aren't journalists all over this piece of crap that could easily have been completed if the SOB umpiring crew had checked the radar and waited two more hours? Why no demand that MLB give better reasoning of the real forces at work other than "it looked like it might rain a while".

Did the collective bargaining agreement play into this one with OAK having a day off at the end of a road trip? Did the Umps have a plane to catch? If so then we want to know the real facts.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Damn it. I hate it when I agree with you.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Me too. Let me get to work on correcting that.

MoronDog
MoronDog

I am sure you will mail your next two blog posts in and return order to the universe. Consider me ready to be underwhelmed.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Richie you hit the nail on the head. THE DUMB DUMB DUMBEST rule in the MLB rulebook. I understand its been around forever, but MLB could change them. It just not fair (whether either team was ahead) to completely erase all the work the guys put in to get a 7-0 lead. Totally agree Richie, that if we lose the division or wild card by 1 game bc we wlose the makeup, it would just show how big of a joke this rule is.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

Solid post. I thought we were blaming Colby Lewis for missing a start if we finish one game out...

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