Umpires in the Postseason
Just as everyone feared, the umpires have already had some notable blown calls, one of which directly affected the outcome of the game, and others which nearly did.
Yanks-Twins Game 1: fly ball to right field in the 9th inning with two outs was said to hit the ground when it was clearly caught by the RFer. Did not affect the final score, but did bring up Thome representing the tying run to the plate with Mariano Rivera on the mound. Can you imagine if Thome had hit a HR and tied the game? There would have absolute outrage, especially since it happened against the Yankees.
Giants-Braves Game 1: Buster Posey was thrown out at 2nd base, the only problem is that the umpire called him safe. Former Red Cody Ross promptly hits him in for the only run of the game. The second base umpire affected the outcome of the game.
These were the notable ones, but there were also errors on checked swings, such as Michael Young's obvious swing which was not called a strike and he hit a HR the next pitch, and the home plate umpires have not been superb. I read somewhere that the umpire in the Yanks game blew 31 ball/strike calls. That's pathetic. The worst part is that umpires are only needed for the very close calls. The other ones are obvious. So these umpires, who are supposed to the best of the best, are screwing up the calls where we really need them.
The call by the RF ump in the Yanks game is inexcusable. That's probably the only call he had to make that whole game and he said Golson scooped it, when even in real time it was pretty obvious he caught it. I just heard on ESPN that the MLB and umps are going to meet in December and discuss expanded replay. Bout time, although they have already affected outcomes of games in the playoffs.
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