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Elephant Rumblings: Sonny Gray Trade Regrets, Was Cards’ GM Wrong To Call Out Player?

Regrets from the Yankees’ side, that is.

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  • 1988 - Oakland P Gene Nelson steals a base while pinch running for Don Baylor in a 9 - 8, 16-inning win over Toronto, becoming the first American League pitcher to steal a base since John “Blue Moon” Odom in 1973. Jose Canseco’s three home runs are not quite enough, and the game is not decided until Mark McGwire connects in the 16th inning to end it. McGwire will hit another 16th-inning home run tomorrow.
  • 2014 - With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 2nd inning, Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose hits a grounder to A’s 1B Nate Freiman. He attempts to start a double play by tagging runner Munenori Kawasaki and throwing home, but 1B umpire Vic Carapazza rules that Munenori avoided the tag and is safe, allowing C Stephen Vogt to benefit from a force out on Edwin Encarnacion at the plate. Things get odd when Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decides to challenge the call at first base, arguing his own baserunner was out, in order for Encarnacion’s run to stand. Gibbons wins the challenge, but A’s manager Bob Melvin wants to protest the game, claiming the video review rule was interpreted incorrectly, since Vogt’s failure to tag Encarnacion was a direct result of the original call. In the end, the run is inconsequential, as Oakland wins, 4 - 1, but Major League Baseball will have to reflect on whether the rule needs to be tweaked to address a similar situation in the future.

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