What is going on with Major League umpires recently? This past week has seen two, if not more, significantly blown calls by baseball umpires that beg the questions, “When is enough..enough?” and “When is a baseball officiating crew held accountable for embarrassingly blown calls?” It would seem that with the onslaught of so many miscues of late, it might not be that long before changes are instituted, either in the personnel or in the system itself.
What makes the miscall of the obvious home run on Wednesday night even more outrageous, is the fact that replay video was used by the crew and STILL the umps (all four of them), made the wrong call. If you look at the video below you will clearly see the ball going over the yellow line which indicates a home run. And it clears that line by several feet, not inches. Watch…
Oakland Athletics manager, Bob Melvin was correct when he said after the game that the only four people who thought that hit was a double were the four umpires. Although we do not know how the regular baseball season will end up, that loss could prove to be a significant one.
One night after the home run faux pas, a second more blatant miscall was made by another umpiring crew who decided to allow an illegal pitching change to be made before one pitch was thrown to start an inning. If only they would have read the rule book which they have readily available, they would have noticed that their call was totally illegal and if allowed it would make it legal for ALL major league teams to duplicate.
Scioscia lodged a formal protest, and rightly so, after the call was made official and our feeling is he will win the protest and the call will be over turned. We’re not sure if the game will be replayed if Scioscia is successful but in any case it will speak volumes for the recent ineptitudes of some MLB umpires.
It’s imperative that changes need to made and a complete review of these and other calls have to take place in order to insure that the integrity of the game is not impacted.
Here’s the video…