Saturday, April 16, 2016
I listened to the end of the Yankee's game this afternoon. The Yankees were trailing the Seattle Mariners 3-2 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but they had runners on first and third. At this point the runner on first stole second. However the Yankee's announcer, John Stirling, started claiming it wasn't a steal because of defensive indifference (since apparently the Mariners had not defended against the steal). However a play should only be ruled defensive indifference if the run doesn't matter. Here the potential winning run was moving into scoring position so defensive indifference does not apply. And indeed when I checked later the play was properly scored a steal. I knew the rule because Bill James in one of his books had discussed a similar play that had been scored incorrectly. Stirling has been announcing Yankee's games since 1989, you would think he would know the rules by now. Btw the next batter grounded out so the Yankees lost and the steal didn't make a difference.