In the most frustrating baseball controversy of the year, Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis criticised Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus for getting a hit off him in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game.
The Rangers were playing a “shift” against Rasmus — meaning there were three players on the right side of the infield and just one on the left side of the infield — so Rasmus smartly laid down a bunt toward third base and got a hit.
Lewis said after the game that bunting against a shift is unethical (via MLB.com):
“I told [Rasmus] I didn’t appreciate it. You’re up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don’t think that’s the way the game should be played.”
“I felt like you have a situation where there is two outs, you’re up two runs, you have gotten a hit earlier in the game off me, we are playing the shift, and he laid down a bunt basically simply for average.”
It takes the “unwritten rules” thing to an absurd extreme. The shift is designed to make it harder to get a hit. Rasmus identified a flaw in the shift — namely, there’s only one guy between second and third base — a took advantage of it. It’s like leaving a basketball player wide-open on purpose, and then criticising him for making a lay-up.
Lewis yelled at him:
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