A blocked plate play ended the 2011 season for former National League Most Valuable Player and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.
Posey blocked the plate on a relay throw to home plate in a game against the Miami Marlins in May 2011. After a horrific collision that resulted in a broken left ankle for Posey, he was later instructed by manager Bruce Bochy to no longer block the plate.
Skip ahead to August 2014 and Major League Baseball now has a rule instituted that catchers can no longer “block the plate” with a runner heading down the baseline.
Actually, a rule that needs some serious examination and discussion.
(You can examine the rule’s definition for yourself here: Rule 7.13)
During the seventh inning of the game between the Giants and White Sox, Gregor Blanco came down the third base line after a Joe Panik ground-ball to White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. Blanco was called out by home plate umpire Chris Segal after a tag was applied by Tyler Flowers.
After a “crew chief review” that lasted several minutes, Blanco was ruled safe after the review. After the ruling, White Sox manager Robin Ventura was absolutely livid about the blocked plate call and was later ejected.
(And yes, Ventura got his money’s worth.)
The overturn of the out resulted in the Giants tying the game at one and then tacking on six more in the seventh inning to win, 7-1.
The call turned the tide on a great outing from Jose Quintana, who picked up his ninth loss of the season on Wednesday. In the first six innings, Quintana only gave up two hits, walked one and struck out seven hitters.
After the chaos of the blocked plate play, Quintana did manage to get a fly-ball out, but walked the next hitter to load the bases and end his day.
The ball was given to Ronald Belisario and sadly, I think most White Sox fans know how the story ended. Belisario did not record an out in his seven-pitch outing and was tagged for three runs on three hits.
After another off-day on Thursday, the White Sox begin a three-game weekend home series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Hector Noesi gets the start for the Sox. Marcus Stroman will start for the Jays. First pitch at U.S. Cellular Field is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
Well, you be the judge.