Rasmus made no attempt to stay on the bag which is a no-no under the new rule. However, it looked ridiculous since Villar was clearly just playing for a force out, made no attempt to turn 2, and likely had no chance at doing so anyway. Kind of a dumb finish
It was a force out at second, ball was hit to the right side. The dumb part is they called it a double play ruling the runner going to first out as well but there was no attempt at making a double play, they wouldn't have even had a chance at getting the runner at first. I'm sure video will make the rounds shortly
Big discussion about the new slide rule up here in Toronto too after the Jays lost a game in Tampa due to Bautista's slide. (Video: https://youtu.be/4O9Ea1mVKrA)
Along the same lines as the tutu comment, manager John Gibbons said, "Maybe tomorrow we should go out there wearing dresses."
I think the runner should be allowed to try to break up a double play by disrupting the fielder. The runner should NOT be allowed to go out of his way to spike the fielder or otherwise attempt to make dangerous contact, like missing the base and targetting the fielder.
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I don't think they should do anything but go in hard to the base. I had no issue with the Jays call, I don't personally think the runner should be reaching out and initiating contact. I'm not a Bautista hater, but he got caught and I liked the call in that instance
I've seen the replay of Bautista sliding into 2nd. I think the umpires made the correct call. He did slide into the base and not the fielder, but when he reached his hand up to hit the ankle, he violated the rule. In my opinion reaching up, and seeming to try to trip him, was dirty. He slid close enough that he may have disrupted the throw anyway. Had he slid and his arm hit the ankle without reaching up, he's within the scope of the rule as he maintained contact with the base and didn't alter his path.