The Giants' Game 7 victory over the Cardinals Monday at AT&T Park included a unique type of base hit, courtesy of Hunter Pence.
With the bases loaded, Pence swung at reliever Joe Kelly's first pitch and was jammed by the inside fastball. The force of the pitch cracked his bat but did not shatter it completely. As Pence completed his swing, the broken bat connected with the baseball two more times.
After the game, Lance Berkman made this observation:"It hit the bat three times; it was actually an illegal hit, but there's no way that you can expect the umpire to see that."
Even if the umpires did see that, Berkman's claim that the hit was "illegal" is not necessarily true.
Here are the official MLB rules, under section 6.05:
"A batter is out when..."(h) After hitting or bunting a fair ball, his bat hits the ball a secondtime in fair territory. The ball is dead and no runners mayadvance. If the batter-runner drops his bat and the ball rollsagainst the bat in fair territory and, in the umpires judgment,there was no intention to interfere with the course of the ball, theball is alive and in play;"That wording would seem to back up Berkman's statement, but there's a Rule 6.05(h) Comment that would seem to favor Pence and the Giants:"If a bat breaks and part of it is in fair territory and ishit by a batted ball or part of it hits a runner or fielder, play shall continue and nointerference be called. If batted ball hits part of broken bat in foul territory, it is afoul ball."
What do you think of Berkman's comments? Do you think he was right and the hit was technically illegal or is he being a sore loser that's misinterpreting the rules?
SAN FRANCISCO — A top pitching prospect highlighted the list of Giants added to the 40-man roster before Monday’s deadline.
The Giants put right-hander Tyler Beede on their 40-man roster, along with Aramis Garcia, Tyler Herb and D.J. Snelten. The four players were protected from the Rule 5 draft, held in December on the final day of the annual Winter Meetings. To clear roster spots, the Giants designated Orlando Calixte and Micah Johnson for assignment and outrighted Dan Slania to Triple-A.
Beede, a 24-year-old former first-round pick, likely would have ended up on the roster earlier if not for a groin injury that ended his Triple-A season early. The Giants anticipated him making a September debut, but he ended up needing time in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost innings. Beede was sharp in the AFL once he knocked the rust off, allowing three runs over 10 innings in his final two starts. He is expected to compete for a rotation spot at some point next year, although he also stands as one of the organization’s best offseason trade chips.
Garcia, 24, has struggled with injuries at times in the minors, but he hit 17 homers in just 402 at-bats in 2017 and earned a promotion to Double-A Richmond. Garcia is currently one of just two catchers on the 40-man roster.
Herb was essentially the player to be named later in the Chris Heston deal. The 25-year-old had a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts for Double-A Richmond last season. Snelten is a lefty reliever who had a 2.20 ERA across two levels last season and could break into the big leagues as a bullpen weapon next year.
The roster now stands at 40 after the churn, which included a couple of players picked up as flyers because the Giants are at the front of the waiver process. Johnson was added in October and infielder Engelb Vielma, added during the season, was claimed by the Phillies on a waiver claim. Slania, who made his big league debut during the season, cleared waivers and joins Triple-A Sacramento’s offseason roster.
On Monday morning, some important details emerged.
The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.
Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.
The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.
The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.
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The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.
In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.
He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.
Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.