Davis: Play at the plate rule 'absolutely stinks'

Davis: Play at the plate rule 'absolutely stinks'

July 28, 2014, 9:00 am
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Ryan Howard scored the Phillies' go-ahead run on Sunday thanks to a first-year rule that's been highly debated and criticized across baseball.

If the game was played before this season, Howard would have been out by a mile.

Howard was initially ruled out when a throw to home plate in the sixth inning beat him by a healthy margin. But after replay review, Howard was called safe because Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero did not give Howard a clear path to the plate before having possession of the ball.

The play resulted in a 3-2 lead for the Phillies in an eventual 4-2 win (see story).

"The play at the plate rule in Major League Baseball that got instituted this year absolutely stinks," Phillies analyst Ben Davis, a former catcher, said on Postgame Plus Sunday. "The bottom line is, this is not good for baseball."

Manager Ryne Sandberg admitted the Phillies got lucky.

"We were very fortunate,” he said. “This year, that’s a run. In the last 100 years, it’s not a run.

"There is a lot of judgment there and a bit of confusion. Even three months into the season."

Davis was more blunt.

"This is killing the game of baseball," he said.

To hear more from Davis, watch the video above.

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