Monday, July 4, 2022

Quickie - Tumpane's Play at the Plate Positioning

In this short video, Lin traces the path of HP Umpire John Tumpane on an infield ground ball-turned-play at home plate, who calls Orioles baserunner Cedric Mullins out after Rangers catcher Meibrys Viloria's timely tag.

A play that starts, develops, and finishes in a span of mere seconds, we see Tumpane begin the play at the point of plate before moving to his right to keep pace with catcher Viloria's inside hip, which allows Tumpane to move into the best position to see the crucial keyhole angle between the players, using that slot to see the applied tag during runner Mullins' slide.

We also quickly discount the possibility of a plate blocking or home plate collision rule violation, as catcher Viloria clearly leaves runner Mullins an unobstructed path to home plate before legally moving into position in order to field fielder Marcus Semien's throw home.

Video as follows:

Alternate Link: Tumpane works the wedge as infield grounder turns into plate play (CCS)


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