Astros Star Alex Bregman Calls Out The NCAA Over Its Really Dumb New Hit-By-Pitch Rule Change
Alex Bregman, the 24-year-old All-Star infielder for the Houston Astros, knows a thing or two about baseball – especially college baseball.
While playing baseball in college for LSU, Bregman was named the 2013 National Freshman of the Year – winning the Shortstop of the Year Award, was voted first-team All-American in 2015, and was one of four finalists for the 2015 Golden Spikes Award.
So when he rips the NCAA for a rule change he thinks is stupid (and it is), he would know.
On Sunday, Bregman re-tweeted a video of a Duke batter being hit by a pitch during a game versus the University of Virginia. Why? Because the batter was… called out. Seriously. That’s something that can happen in NCAA baseball now.
According to 12up.com, the NCAA instituted a rule hit-by-pitch rule change for the 2019 and 2020 seasons that reads like this…
”To penalize the batter with a strike and not award first base if, in the judgement of the umpire, the batter makes an intentional movement to be hit by a pitch, regardless of where the pitch is located.”
Rationale: “To provide guidance in enforcing the hit by pitch rule and to deter batters from attempting to be hit by the pitch. “Freezing” by a batter is not considered making an intentional movement. A batter who freezes inside the batter’s box and who is hit by a pitch shall be awarded first base.”
Let’s take another look – freeze-framed…
Marty Smith (@GoCFBaseball) March 10, 2019
Then, after reviewing the call… they upheld it.
When did the NCAA begin hiring NFL referees to umpire baseball games?
Billy Higginbotham (@Homebuilder70) March 09, 2019
Blake Gifford (@SWTBlake) March 10, 2019
(@MAROON79) March 10, 2019
On the plus side, at least this hit-by-pitch call didn’t end the damn game.
Rob Shabansky (@shabansky19) March 10, 2019