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There was an awkward infield fly rule situation in the Padres-Phillies game

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Remember in 2012 when the Wild Card game between the Braves and Cardinals was decided in part when the infield fly rule was invoked? Here’s a refresher video:

A similar situation happened in the sixth inning of the Phillies’ home opener against the Padres on Monday. The Phillies had the bases loaded with no outs when Darin Ruf stepped to the plate against lefty reliever Brad Hand. Ruf swung at the first pitch and hit a fly ball to shallow left field. Wil Myers couldn’t see where the ball was, so shortstop Alexei Ramirez ventured into the outfield to attempt to catch it. He didn’t, but he quickly picked the ball up and fired to third base where Odubel Herrera was tagged out.

The infield fly rule, however, had been invoked. Not only was Herrera out, but Ruf was out too. The play was reviewed to see if Herrera was indeed tagged out and the ruling was upheld. The only problem was that the infield fly rule never should have been called.

Also, as Phillies broadcaster Ben Davis pointed out, Herrera likely never heard third base umpire Will Little, which is why he went into third base standing instead of sliding. So not only should Little not have made the call, but since he did, he should have been very emphatic about it. The Phillies wound up scoring just the one run in the inning.

That being said, the Phillies have also not shown great base running in the early going. Herrera hit a pop-up on Friday against the Mets and the infield fly rule was correctly invoked. Cesar Hernandez, however, was caught in between first and second base, helping the Mets turn a double play.

Indians designate Carlos Gonzalez for assignment

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The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.

A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.

If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.