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Old 08-27-2013, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Vinnie Catricala strikes out on 1 pitch - and wasn't a pinch hitter

In one single pitch, Catricala struck out against Nick Tropeano.

You read that correctly. One pitch.

And no, Catricala didn't pinch-hit for an injured teammate and assume his count. He straight up struck out on one pitch because he elected to dispute a strike call and then took his sweet time getting back in the batter's box. This drew the ire of home plate umpire Ron Teague, who then decided Catricala was in violation of Rule 6.02 (c), which reads as follows:

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If the batter refuses to take his position in the batter’s box during his time at bat, the umpire shall call a strike on the batter. The ball is dead, and no runners may advance. After the penalty, the batter may take his proper position and the regular ball and strike count shall continue. If the batter does not take his proper position before three strikes have been called, the batter shall be declared out

Comment: The umpire shall give the batter a reasonable opportunity to take his proper position in the batter’s box after the umpire has called a strike pursuant to Rule 6.02(c) and before the umpire calls a successive strike pursuant to Rule 6.02(c).
Minor League Baseball Player Strikes Out On One Pitch
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This was a couple weeks ago wasn't it? I remembering seeing the video for this.
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Well that's fun. Never heard of that rule before.
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This was a couple weeks ago wasn't it? I remembering seeing the video for this.
It doesn't officially happen until someone makes a thread on BO about it.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It doesn't officially happen until someone makes a thread on BO about it.
And to think, I could have been the one to make bring to light this enigma to the BO forums.... damn
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Never knew that, there was video of incident?
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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"There is talk about Vinnie Catricala!!!"

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Old 08-27-2013, 02:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Props to the ump for knowing that rule.
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Can we get them to implement this rule in the American League? I feel like AL games would be like an hour shorter if this became the norm. So sick of guys stepping out every pitch to fiddle with their gloves and waste time.
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well according to the wording I don't think he was given "reasonable opportunity" he called the 2nd strike pretty quickly.
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I have a 2012 Bowman Platinum Vinnie Catricala auto for $1200. Anyone buying? LOL!!!!
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