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Cardinals vs. Braves: Fredi Gonzalez says Atlanta has 'legit beef'

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said based on the explanation he was given on Friday night's infield fly rule, he had a "legit beef" with the call.

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The entire baseball world has to still be talking about the infield fly rule that was called Friday in the one-game Wild Card playoff between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. It could have been a game-changing play for the Braves, but with the ruling, no scoring came of what appeared to be miscommunication between a pair of Cardinals.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez thinks his team has a legitimate beef with the call, since infielders don't normally make plays in the outfield, nor do a pair fielders miscue on a play like that, ordinarily. Here's Gonzalez, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on the explanation he was given Friday night on a call that led to a 20-minute delay in the game and the vandalizing of Turner Field:

"It's an infield fly rule. I was arguing or protesting that it was not an ordinary effort. I thought that the shortstop had to go way out there to make a play on that flyball, and I think we've got to take account of the crowd, 50,000 people yelling, and I thought there was some miscommunication between Holliday and Kozma. I went out there and protested the game, and they came in and talked to Joe [Torre], because the protest – obviously there is no game tomorrow, so it's got to be done right there and now.

"So they came back and told me that they're going to go with what they called it on the field. I thought the umpires did a nice job handling that with my protest, and calling, and trying to get information. Again, from where I was, I just kind of took a glimpse of the replay, I [think] we have a legit beef."

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