Boston Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts made what was originally believed to be an incredible catch during the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s game vs. the Chicago White Sox. Mookie scampered to the right-center field fence in attempt to make the grab, and ended up flipping over the wall in the process.
You will notice in this still shot that Betts eventually drops the ball
Thus, the play was reviewed and ultimately overturned — Jose Abreu was awarded a home run.
Despite possessing the ball for a period of time that would normally constitute an out, the MLB rule book clearly states: “A catch is the act of a fielder in getting secure possession in his hand or glove of a ball in flight and firmly holding it; providing he does not use his cap, protector, pocket or any other part of his uniform in getting possession. It is not a catch, however, if simultaneously or immediately following his contact with the ball, he collides with a player, or with a wall, or if he falls down, and as a result of such collision or falling, drops the ball.”
Heck of an effort, Mookie!