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Angels star Mike Trout on new rules: 'I need to do my homework'

March 07, 2014|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels center fielder Mike Trout takes batting practice.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout takes batting practice. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A day later, Mike Trout was still confused about Thursday’s play at the plate against the Dodgers, when baseball’s new rules governing home-plate collisions and instant replay converged on the same play.

Trout, trying for an inside-the-park home run, was called out on a head-first slide into the plate. Manager Mike Scioscia came out to argue not only the call but whether Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was in violation of Rule 7.13, which prevents catchers from blocking the plate without the ball.

“Honestly, I don’t know the rules right now,” Trout said. “I’ve got to do my homework. I’m told to go in sliding. I can run into the catcher, but I can’t lead with my shoulder. You have to slide or you’re out.”

A replay review of Rule 7.13 can only be initiated by the umpires. But while going to video to check Ellis’ positioning, umpires also checked the tag, which was applied before Trout touched the plate. Scioscia was not charged with a replay challenge on the play.

The Angels have another meeting with Major League Baseball next week to review the new rules. Though the meeting was scheduled before Wednesday, Scioscia said he will bring a video of the Trout play.

“We’ll be able to get some answers,” Scioscia said.


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