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This wasn’t the first time Matt Holliday has made a questionable slide at second base (video)

Oct 16, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals' Holliday slides into San Francisco Giants second baseman Scutaro during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in San Francisco Reuters

The latest on the Matt Holliday Slide Imbroglio, from Giants’ Game 3 starter Matt Cain (via CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggerly): Cain said he won’t be timid about throwing inside to Holliday, but only as part of plan to get him out. “If one gets away, one gets away.” Ha.

By now you’ve surely seen Holliday’s chop block on Marco Scutaro on Monday. It was the worst kind of cheap shot: meant not only to prevent a throw, but to rearrange certain small bones. Of course Holliday apologists will tell you one of three things:

1. He was just playing hard, competing in the tradition of Ty Cobb.

Answer: Ty Cobb was a racist psychopath who once attacked a guy in a wheelchair. This is your defense?

2. Holliday’s hat is way too small for his head. It cuts off his circulation.

Answer: That was kind of a cheap shot in and of itself. Uncalled for.

3. Holliday is really a good guy, and this was just an isolated incident.

Answer: Oh, really? Starlin Castro begs to differ.

That play occurred in July of 2011. And here’s the Scutaro steamrolling again:

Almost as wrong as the slide itself is the mewling jury nullification of the clueless Cardinals radio broadcasters. Aftermath: Scutaro has a hip strain and his status for Game 3 in “unclear.” Holliday’s status is a bit more defined.

Speaking of definitions, here’s the official rule:

6.05(m): A batter is out when “a … runner shall, in the umpire’s judgment, intentionally interfere with a fielder who is attempting to catch a thrown ball or to throw the ball in an attempt to complete any play.”

Comment on rule 6.05(m): “The objective of this rule is to penalize an offensive team for deliberate, unwarranted, unsportsmanlike action by the runner in leaving the baseline for the obvious purpose of crashing the pivot man on a double play, rather than trying to reach the base. Obviously, this is an umpire’s judgment play.”

Fun fact: The Giants open their 2013 home schedule against the Cardinals April 5-7.

  1. t16rich - Oct 16, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Why wait til the Cards home opener next year? There will be at least 3 games left in this series. Throw the ball at his head next at bat.

  2. bla bla bla - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    He may be a punk, but at least he’s a “classy” punk.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Oct 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Two completely different issues. The “slide” in Game #2 was horseshit. Bad play. Not intentional. But bad play nonetheless. He even called several times to check on him (after checking on him with Posey in-game).
    The slide into Castro was 100% legal and absolutely expected. Did he even touch Castro?
    All you have to do is be able to reach the bag with your hands (which he clearly could).
    But let’s get up in arms about it nonetheless.

  4. gostlcards5 - Oct 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Wow, really? I hadn’t seen this play when all the b*tching and whining was happening yesterday. This is how you compare and justify that he was trying to hurt Scutaro? You’re RIDICULOUS.

    He doesn’t even touch Castro on this play. Clearly, he could reach the base. He was doing his job (cue the comments about “Code Red”‘s). There are a god-awful amount of baserunners that go way overboard (including what MH did to Scutaro), and some of them do it intentionally. This was clearly not the case.

    Holliday had class in that he admitted he was wrong on the Scutaro play, that it wasn’t intentional, and frankly, just in the fact that he has never been known as a bad guy (i.e. – He’s no Ty Cobb.). The crap you are spewing here, no class. (And yes, I would say this if it was a Cardinals player or not, hell, even if it was Brandon Phillips, because this is ridiculous.)