Sunday, May 3, 2009
General Manuel Called For Delay Of Game
Mets manager Jerry Manuel was fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for delay of game when he called upon Omir Santos to pinch hit for Ramon Castro in the game against the Marlins on Wednesday.
Manuel was fined for breaking baseball's "pace of game" rule when it took an exceedingly long time for Santos to make his way from the bull pen to the plate. Santos had been in bull pen when Manuel summoned him.
This fine is absurd. If they are going to fine managers or teams for such antics, what about pitchers who take a lifetime in between pitches? What about Derek Jeter who constantly steps out and rearranges his batting gloves after every pitch? What about managers who take a year to walk from the dugout to the pitchers mound? There are tons of delays in the game of baseball, but this one is the one that's fined? It is all about icing a player, just as they do in football when a timeout is called right as the opposing team's kicker is lining up for the winning kick. The rules are not enforced for the length of time a pitcher is permitted to take between pitches, so why this one?