Hey, Freddie! Sacrifice fly = RBI!

Once the rainy weather finally permitted the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies to play on Wednesday night (8/14/13), the Braves were really on a run in the second inning. With little regard to the poor Phillies who got down in an early hole of 0-5, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman dismally returned to the dugout after hitting a rather commendable sacrifice fly. Sure, it was a grand slam only barely missed, but Freeman seemed downright glum afterwards–even needing “consoling,” as the commentators indicated. Someone should remind Freddie that a sacrifice fly still earns the batter an RBI, as stated in the official rulebook of Major League Baseball on page 92, in rule 10.04:

The official scorer shall credit the batter with a run batted in for every run that scores

(1) unaided by an error and as part of a play begun by the batter’s safe hit (including the batter’s home run), sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly, infield out or fielder’s choice. . . . [emphasis added]

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2011 Topps Gypsy Queen, Freddie Freeman

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