ANAHEIM, Calif. – Brandon Moss hadn't given much thought to the new emphasis on glove-to-hand transfers until he was awarded a hit on the technicality, which was great until he crossed paths with teammate Josh Donaldson, who, turned out, was going the wrong way between first and second base.
Eventually, Moss, who watched Seattle's Dustin Ackley make a wonderful catch on a fly ball in left-center field, and Donaldson, who saw the same play, wound up together at first base.
"What happened?" Donaldson asked Moss, who was supposed to be out, in the dugout, anywhere but at first base, because everybody in the ballpark saw Ackley catch the baseball.
Except somewhere between his glove and his hand, between what was a clear catch and the need to heave the ball back toward the infield, Ackley lost his grip on the ball.
So Donaldson, not having seen that part, was returning to first base, and Moss, after the initial disappointment of the catch, noted an umpire signaling he was safe, andRead More »from Why MLB's catch rules are now stricter than the NFL's