Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Berkman Calls Hunter Pence Broken Bat Hit 'Illegal,' Thinks Tigers Will Win World Series
After the St. Louis Cardinals were defeated for the third straight game in a row on their way to giving up a World Series birth, injured Cardinal Lance Berkman shared his thoughts on Hunter Pence's all-out strange base hit past shortstop Pete Kozma on Monday night.
Berkman called the hit "illegal," according to Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci.
Rule 6.05 (h) clearly states that a ball cannot hit a hitter's bat twice -- Pence's bat hit the ball three times.
Verducci cites the vagueness of the rule, which makes the fact that Pence's bat splintered and did not break a legal hit. The rule states "a part" of the bat that flies off may not hit the ball again. It says nothing about a part of the bat that is still connected to the rest of the bat -- yet splintered -- hitting the ball again.
Honestly, it really did not matter. Pence's base hit scored two runs, as well as another run on a Jon Jay error in center field to make the game 5-0. The Cardinals still would have had to score runs to make their Pence rule dispute even close to stomachable for the MLB -- that never happened.
Berkman did not leave without giving the public his stone-cold lock for the World Series -- the Detroit Tigers.
I suggest throwing all your money down on that one.......