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Video: When umpires attack

posted at 12:24 pm on May 9, 2013 by

What makes this blown call worse than the dozens of other blown calls in baseball every month? Two things. One: If they call it correctly, it’s a tie game instead of a loss. Two: They actually reviewed this on instant replay — and still got it wrong.

Firing offense? We’re way past simple negligence here. Click the image to watch.

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People get way too uptight over a bunch of overgrown kids in funny clothes trying to hit a toy ball with a big stick.

itsnotaboutme on May 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

At least the Black Sox had to make it look like they weren’t cheating. Umpires can just do it in the open.

Pete Rose chuckles as he shines his MVP trophies.

BobMbx on May 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

itsnotaboutme on May 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Pardner, them there’s fightin’ words.

BobMbx on May 9, 2013 at 12:43 PM

People get way too uptight over a bunch of overgrown kids in funny clothes trying to hit a toy ball with a big stick.

itsnotaboutme on May 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Pardner, them there’s fightin’ words.

BobMbx on May 9, 2013 at 12:43 PM

LOL

Now you might reply that millions of dollars are at stake, but that just proves my point.

Yes, I did double down. :)

itsnotaboutme on May 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Baseball is a joke. It really is. I can’t watch it anymore with all it’s blown calls, cheating, and 4 hour games.

Put the pitchers on a clock, add real instant replay and other tech to increase call accuracy, and crack down on cheating and I’ll watch again.

Until then, I’d almost rather watch cricket.

Nessuno on May 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Pete Rose chuckles as he shines his MVP trophies.

BobMbx on May 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

I bet he has someone do that for him.

Flange on May 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Baseball is a joke. It really is. I can’t watch it anymore with all it’s blown calls, cheating, and 4 hour games.

Put the pitchers on a clock, add real instant replay and other tech to increase call accuracy, and crack down on cheating and I’ll watch again.

Until then, I’d almost rather watch cricket.

Nessuno on May 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

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Nutstuyu on May 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I like baseball – especially going to the stadium to watch it live.

But yes, games longer than 3 1/2 hours are too long.

22044 on May 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Pete Rose chuckles as he shines his MVP trophies.

BobMbx on May 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM
I bet he has someone do that for him.

Flange on May 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Wanna bet?

DrAllecon on May 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I like baseball – especially going to the stadium to watch it live.

But yes, games longer than 3 1/2 hours are too long. *

22044 on May 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

*unless they go into extra innings (fixed)

22044 on May 9, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I don’t think that was “cheating” on the part of the umpires. We don’t know what video they had access to review. You could only tell the ball was a home run from the one angle (seen about 3 minutes into the tape). But I don’t know if the umpires have real-time access to footage from every TV camera in the stadium. So, it’s possible they reviewed footage from different angles and couldn’t tell for sure.

Outlander on May 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

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Nutstuyu on May 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Jai alai! (What ever happened to that? Are there still huge arenas in Florida for games?)

GWB on May 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Were the umpires seeing the same camera angle as the guys in the broadcast booth were discussing?

CurtZHP on May 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Outlander beat me to it. Refresh is my friend.

CurtZHP on May 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

As soon as I saw the headline, I knew Angel Hernandez had to be involved. One of the worst umpires in baseball, should have been fired years ago.

Waggoner on May 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Another question (asked out of complete ignorance):

Since all the umpires went in for the review, does that mean that they have to agree unanimously to reverse a call?

CurtZHP on May 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I would’ve ruled it a double, too. It stayed in the park.

John the Libertarian on May 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

John the Libertarian on May 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Has nothing to do with whether it stays in the park, everything to do with where it hits the wall. It can be a home run and bounce back into the park.

Waggoner on May 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Maybe they were replacement umpires from the lingerie league…

JamesJr on May 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Since all the umpires went in for the review, does that mean that they have to agree unanimously to reverse a call?

CurtZHP on May 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

That, or the umpires play “rock paper scissors” and whoever wins best two out of three gets to make the call… :)

Outlander on May 9, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Were the umpires seeing the same camera angle as the guys in the broadcast booth were discussing?

CurtZHP on May 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Who knows. It wouldn’t surprise me if they watched footage taken from a camcorder in displayed on a 12 inch screen.

The fact is, the implementation of replay is halfhearted, at best.

Nessuno on May 9, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I would’ve ruled it a double, too. It stayed in the park.

John the Libertarian on May 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

It landed out of the park and bounced back in. Where the ball first touches determines the call.

RadClown on May 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

I noticed the kid standing behind the railing taking a picture of it with his phone. I wonder if there was a ball print on the railing.

CurtZHP on May 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Angel Hernandez was the umpire crew chief. Anyone who follows MLB closely knows that Hernandez is a hot head and obstinate p***k. See the “Controversies” section from his wikipedia article.

demsdelendaest on May 9, 2013 at 3:14 PM

The instant replay the umpires see is controlled at MLB’s New York offices. The second video on the playlist (the “Must C” video) has the TV and audio calls of both teams, and the Indians TV (Fox Sports Ohio), Indians radio, and A’s TV (Comcast Sports California) broadcasters thought it was out. The A’s radio broadcaster, using the Comcast feed, didn’t think it went out.

With that said, it wouldn’t have mattered which replay MLB provided, Angel Hernandez wouldn’t have changed his initial call for the reason demsdelendaest mentioned.

Steve Eggleston on May 9, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Since all the umpires went in for the review, does that mean that they have to agree unanimously to reverse a call?

CurtZHP on May 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

It’s the crew chief’s sole call.

Steve Eggleston on May 9, 2013 at 3:57 PM

That, or the umpires play “rock paper scissors” and whoever wins best two out of three gets to make the call…

Outlander on May 9, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Or “rock paper scissors lizard Spock.”

arik1969 on May 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM

As a Tribe fan, I think those umpires should be promoted and given big raises and bonuses.

We were laughing when it happened: These calls ALWAYS go against the Cleveland team.

arik1969 on May 9, 2013 at 4:05 PM

At least one broadcaster was monumentally stupid in his analysis of the replay because the guys in the booth were playing it backward and forward, and the broadcaster was interpreting that as the ball bouncing down and back up. What an idiot.

factsonlypls on May 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Has nothing to do with whether it stays in the park, everything to do with where it hits the wall. It can be a home run and bounce back into the park.

Waggoner on May 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

The ball clearly hit the railing about two feet above the yellow line, before bouncing off the railing ABOVE the wall, then onto a platform between two walls, and back into center field. Notice in the video, the fan putting a Band-Aid on his hand. If he was slightly injured by trying to catch the ball, it was clearly over the yellow line!

It should have been ruled a home run, which would have tied the game with two out in the top of the ninth. No doubt this would be a disappointment for the hometown (Cleveland) fans, seeing a win turn into a tie with the last batter, but umpires shouldn’t let hometown fans influence their judgment.

Exit question: if there are four umpires watching the replay, how many of them have to agree on the call?

Steve Z on May 10, 2013 at 10:12 AM

This is just one reason why I don’t waste my time watching pro sports. It’s all crap.

CrustyB on May 10, 2013 at 5:01 PM