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Andrelton Simmons lifted a pop fly into shallow left field. Not a hard-hit ball, by any means, but at least 50 feet beyond the infield.
Major League Baseball found itself embroiled in another postseason maelstrom over umpires — and renewed calls for increased use of instant replay — after a disputed infield fly call led to mayhem in the stands in the one-game, winner-take-all playoff in Atlanta.
The NFL replacement refs are not there to kick around anymore.
There was something a bit artificial about it to begin with, and not just because the worst team in the National League playoffs became the first beneficiary of the expanded wild card.
Strange things transpire on baseball fields on October. Even by the standards of the month that creates baseball's legends and goats, what occurred Friday night under a shower of bottles and profanity and garbage at Turner Field was unusual.
The World Series umpiring crew will have a couple of first-timers _ unlike last year.