Rule 6.01(j) in the official MLB rule book states the following:
If a runner does not engage in a bona fide slide, and initiates (or attempts to make) contact with the fielder for the purpose of breaking up a double play, he should be called for interference under this Rule 6.01. A “bona fide slide” for purposes of Rule 6.01 occurs when the runner: (1) begins his slide (i.e., makes contact with the ground) before reaching the base; (2) is able and attempts to reach the base with his hand or foot; (3) is able and attempts to remain on the base (except home plate) after completion of the slide; and (4) slides within reach of the base without changing his pathway for the Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys purpose of initiating contact with a fielder.
Lester’s right, to a certain extent.
The rule, while put in place to protect players, has left a certain amount of gray area up for interpretation. It certainly looks like Happ hit the dirt before the bag and did attempt to hold on.
Lester pitched a pretty good game, going 5 2/3s and giving up just three runs. The slide — and the loss — certainly puts a damper on Happ’s major-league debut after he hit a dinger for his first major-league knock.
Maybe Mother Nature thought the Cubs needed some extra rest.
After losing an 18-inning game to the Yankees Sunday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the Cubs traveled to Denver for a three-game series against the Rockies. There was not much for pregame warmups as a massive hail storm left Coors Field covered in a blanket of near golf-ball sized hailstones just hours before the scheduled 8:40 p.m. ET first pitch.