The Braves-Red Sox Game Ended In A Tie Thanks To An Automatic Strike Call Because The Batter Took Too Long To Get Into The Box
We all wondered what would happen in a crucial situation and the pitch/hitters clock was counting down.....now we know. The ump's don't care, if you aren't ready to hit and that clock hits 8 seconds, you're out. Doesn't matter if it's 2 outs in the first or 2 outs in the ninth. YOU'RE OUT.
At least that is what happened in the Red Sox - Braves game today. Bottom nine, 2 outs, bases loaded, tie game and a full count with Cal Conley at-bat. Umpire John Libka had decided that Conley wasn't ready to hit when the clock hit 8 seconds so that was game. Tie ballgame for the teams and a whole lot of confusion from everyone. The announcers called it great, the look on Conley's face was great too. Just befuddlement and confusion all around. This is going to take some getting used to but I think it will work out for the best in the long run. It seems like these umps have a quick trigger finger right now but no doubt it will ease up. Also going to be interesting to see how each ump approaches it.
People aren't thrilled seeing this because they are saying "what will happen if this was game 7 of the World Series?" Well we all know that it isn't going to happen. It is going to take the players some time to get used to this but no doubt they will get it down and understand when they have to be in the box and ready to hit, this isn't going to happen in a big situation, I guarantee it. It looks like a gigantic clusterfuck right now but I think during the regular season it'll be a smooth process. There may be some hiccups early on but I think it will get ironed out soon after.
Just a bizarre situation to watch unfold. It's going to be like a shot clock now where you are keeping one eye on the clock and one eye on the batter. "DID HE MAKE IT INTO THE BOX QUICK ENOUGH?" This is going to be a wild ride.