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10-06-2012, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by AV18 View Post
Not quite. It has to be in a place that the infielder can reach with "ordinary effort," on a play ordinarily handled by that position. The easiest play on that ball should have been by the left fielder. Regardless, the umpire is supposed to call infield fly immediately.
You also have to take into account why the rule was made. The infield fly rule was instituted to stop teams from intentionally dropping pop-ups and creating double plays. That was it's sole intent. There was no danger of that on this pop-up (as evidenced by the runners easily getting to 2nd and 3rd when the ball fell in), so it should never have been invoked.

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