This is the first thread that I have read on here about the infield fly call, and this clearly demonstrates the utter delusion of the Bravetards in this thread even days after the actual event.
Let's review the actual play with ACTUAL RULES that you guys conveniently like to ignore. This was not even close to the worst call ever. At worst, it was a bad judgment call.
I am sure this has been posted ad nauseum, but it is critical to understand the rule:
Rule 2.00 (Infield Fly) Comment: On the infield fly rule the umpire is to rule whether the ball could ordinarily have been handled by an infielder-not by some arbitrary limitation such as the grass, or the base lines. The umpire must rule also that a ball is an infield fly, even if handled by an outfielder, if, in the umpire's judgment, the ball could have been as easily handled by an infielder. The infield fly is in no sense to be considered an appeal play. The umpire's judgment must govern, and the decision should be made immediately.
When an infield fly rule is called, runners may advance at their own risk. If on an infield fly rule, the infielder intentionally drops a fair ball, the ball remains in play despite the provisions of Rule 6.05(l). The infield fly rule takes precedence.
Incorrect theories that the umps screwed the Braves: 1. The outfield umpire should have immediately signaled it was an infield fly.
The above bold statement has been voiced many times by those opposed to the call, but they would be incorrect. The infield rule states that, "The umpire's judgment must govern, and the decision should be made immediately."
This means that the call should be made as soon as the umpire determines that he believes that it is an infield fly, not when it comes off the bat. Due to the fact that this play was a very difficult call to judge, it seems very logical that the umpire was unable to make the determination until that moment. 2. This was not a play of ordinary effort.
Well, that is merely a judgment call and it was not exactly clear cut. For a play to be of ordinary effort, the rule book defines it as this:
ORDINARY EFFORT is the effort that a fielder of average skill at a position in that league or classification of leagues should exhibit on a play, with due consideration given to the condition of the field and weather conditions.
The umpire likely assumed that Kozma made a play of ordinary effort due to the fact that Kozma ran to the location where the would ball and waved his arms (we can all assume that he was signaling to make the catch). As soon as the umpire believed that Kozma was making a play of ordinary effort, he signaled for the infield call. The fact that Kozma did not catch the ball or lost it or whatever is not germane to the argument of ordinary effort because he gave all indications of easily making the play.
Hell, the base runners still advanced on the play, which they may not if the infield fly rule was called almost immediately. Ironically, you could make a case that the call helped the Braves, but that is, of course, a hypothetically-based claim.
In effect, the infield fly was not an egregious violation against the Braves as some people are acting. In my opinion, it was the correct call. Whether it was correct or not was simple judgment by the ump, and even if he was wrong, he is only human.