Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Wacky Home Run Single Breakdown, Worst Umpiring, Bad Decisions Dave Roberts?
Cody Bellinger was the first player to hit a home run for the Dodgers this season but that was taken away thanks to an old, dumb MLB rule. We break down the wild and wacky play that cost Belli his first home run of the season and discuss if the rule should be changed. Plus, Dave Roberts reacts to the play.
Next, we discuss Doc’s decision to pinch hit Matt Beaty in place of Zack McKinstry in the middle of a 9th inning rally. Ultimately, the cold Beaty struck out on 3 pitches and the Dodgers lost 8-5 on opening day. Plus, how will Roberts manage now that the National League rules — no universal DH — have returned for 2021.
Finally, we look at a called strike three against Edwin Rios that was proven to be the worst called strike call of the day.
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It’s easy to understand why one runner passing another on balls in play results in an out. What is the reasoning for the same rule when the ball is hit into the stands?
I think that if the umpire(s) had correctly called it a home run to begin with this would not have happened. Turner is convinced the ball has been caught and he has to retrace his steps to get back to first. Let’s say Tapia pretends that he caught the ball and Turner again races back thinking it’s a catch and in the process he passes Bellinger. Would the same rule have applied as called on Thursday? Once they figure out it was not a catch, it would have been the same and I assume they would then have ruled it a home run. Turner is racing back because he thinks it was a catch and the umpire apparently makes no call. How is it Turner’s fault or Bellinger’s. I know the rule but again had the umpire stepped up and done his or their job, this wouldn’t have happened.
What Belli should have done is stand in front of Turner and stop him and tell him that the ball went over the fence and also stop Turner from passing him like he did on the way back to first base.
Roberts should have talked to them about this ancient and really dumb rule.
Also, what in hell is Beatty batting for Zack Mckinstry? What’s the point in adding him to the team if Roberts is not going to trust him?