Joe Maddon would have been best not to do so after he chose not to use his pitcher named "Wade" on Sunday night. According to the rule, runners are prohibited from taking a path away from home plate that would cause them to run into the catcher.
Second-guessing was combined with some frustration and anger from the fan base, who has taken issue with Maddon's use of the bullpen in the past.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon will meet with MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre to discuss his comments after being ejected from Game 1 of the NLCS after arguing a replay challenge that went against his team due to the home plate slide rule. "Wade was probably just testing his arm at that point".
"Social media doesn't count at all. Twitter doesn't count at all", Maddon in reference to the social media criticism. "And really, as sportswriters, you should do a better job than relying on Twitter to write a story, quite frankly".
Maddon said that while he doesn't necessarily reserve his closer for save situations, the need to manage Davis' workload forced the team to hold him for locking down the last inning if the Cubs got a lead.
Maddon was entitled to rant all he liked about it in the press conference after the game; that's fine if that's how he feels.
"All these things are factors".
Compared with the Yankees-Astros series, this NLCS is not so easy to follow for British fans as only one game from the series is now scheduled to start before midnight United Kingdom time and that's the potential Game Six on Saturday 21st. It's no different to someone deciding that the ball hadn't gone over the fence, but it should be called a home run anyway (in fact, the Yankees' Todd Frazier cheekily tried that one on in yesterday's Game Two of the ALCS when the ball got lodged in the fence before the umpires called him out of the dugout and back to second base - nice try though, Todd).
"It's eerily similar, you're right".
"I could not disagree more with the interpretation of that", he said, per USA Today's Gabe Lacques. He said rule 7.13 wouldn't be part of the game if Posey had been "a third-string catcher for the Atlanta Braves", according to the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin.
"So, yes. I mean, I'm looking at maybe one or two little nuance kind of things".