|Mount Mikulik blew up again on Tuesday.|
Recall the four criteria of bona fide slide rule 6.01(j):
The runner attempting to break up a double play must engage in a bona fide slide:
1) Runner begins his slide and makes contact with the ground before reaching the base;
2) He is able and attempts to reach the base with his hand or foot;
3) He is able and attempts to remain on the base (except home) after completing the slide; and
4) He slides within reach without change of path to initiate contact with a fielder.
For this reason, we believe Cone's slide was bona fide (albeit without visual evidence that criterion #3 was satisfied), but cannot conclusively determine, given the mid-home camera angle shown (a reverse angle would have been useful), Cone's legality as relates to the "old" non-bona fide interference Rule 5.09(a)(13): "A preceding runner shall, in the umpire’s judgment, intentionally interfere with a fielder who is attempting to catch a thrown ball or to throw a ball in an attempt to complete any play."
Related Ejection: Ron Teague, 6/17/15 (Joe Mikulik).
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