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Umpire's missed call costs Blue Jays

Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:23 am
Edited on: July 6, 2011 11:46 am
 
Edwin Encarnacion

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Another day in baseball, another bad call that could have been reversed with the simplest form of instant replay review.

But once again since the play in question wasn't a boundary play, instead a play at the plate, the Blue Jays were dealt a loss instead of getting a chance to play for a win at Fenway Park.

After Jose Bautista's two-run homer off of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon moved the Jays to within a run, Edwin Encarnacion singled. After J.P. Arencibia's two-out walk, John McDonald singled to left. Red Sox left fielder Darnell McDonald charged the ball and made a good throw to the plate that beat Encarnacion there. Catcher Jason Varitek blocked the plate with his left leg, tying up Encarnacion's lead leg. However, Encarnacion swiped the plate with his other leg, his right, before Varitek could put the tag on him.

Home plate umpire Brian Knight called Encarnacion out, ending the game. Watch the play here.

"We should still be playing right now," Toronto manager John Farrell told reporters (via the Boston Herald). That play is right in front of Brian Knight. It was clear that Edwin did a good job of sliding around the plant leg of 'Tek, but his swipe tag missed him by no less than a foot. So right now we should be out on that field playing."

Farrell said he couldn't see the play live, but when he saw the replay, he knew Encarnacion was safe.

"After the replay, absolutely, because from our vantage point Edwin is right in line with the play at the plate," Farrell said. "But the wide margin which he missed the tag, a little surprised that the call went that way."

It's understandable why Knight called Encarnacion out, but that doesn't make it right. Once again, I'll go into my broken record mode, but the goal of umpires and Major League Baseball should be to get every call right. We have the technology, we should use it. Let the players decide the games, not the umpires.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:04 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:34 am
 

Umpire's missed call costs Blue Jays

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Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Umpire's missed call costs Blue Jays

Even if MLB employed NFL-style instant replay this call would stand. No way is there conclusive evidence in any of the videos that the foot touched the plate. You would need a ground-level camera to make any conclusion on that.

Dude, just say the wrong call was made and move on. You can clearly see his foot on the plate and the tag was initially missed. It's pretty conclusive.

I will admit I have not looked at the video posted on this article. But there are planty of video out there that clearly shows he touched the plate before the 2nd attempt to tag him was actually applied.



Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Umpire's missed call costs Blue Jays

Seems aLOT of people saw something different then what you did!

Watch the replay. The tag touched him. It touched him after the foot supposedly touched the plate (which I believe it probably did, but its still inconclusive), it may have touched him late, but he did get the tag down. Notice how its Yankee and Blue Jay fans who are complaining. As a loyal Tigers fan, I think my perspective is a little less biased than yours?



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Umpire's missed call costs Blue Jays

could have been a makeup call for the called strike 3 on McDonald that wasn't a strike?


regardless, Knight had a terrible game back there from start to finish



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Umpire's missed call costs Blue Jays

Now you're pushing it. Varitek clearly got the tag on him. Even Encarnacion knew that -- otherwise he would have been making an effort to touch the plate.
You can certainly question the foot, but not the tag.

Really? Read below....Seems aLOT of people saw something different then what you did!




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Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Umpire's missed call costs Blue Jays

Even if MLB employed NFL-style instant replay this call would stand. No way is there conclusive evidence in any of the videos that the foot touched the plate. You would need a ground-level camera to make any conclusion on that.




Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Umpire's missed call costs Blue Jays

Now you're pushing it. Varitek clearly got the tag on him. Even Encarnacion knew that -- otherwise he would have been making an effort to touch the plate.
You can certainly question the foot, but not the tag.




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 11:09 am
 

Umpire's missed call costs Blue Jays

NOT ONLY did his leg touch the plate but Vtek missed him by a FOOT with the tag! Who cares that the throw was good.......You STILL have to make the play and the catcher did not make it.......It's like saying you picked up a woman and got lucky but everyone clearly saw you go home by yourself and your roommate saw you by yourself in your snuggy.......come on




Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2011 10:39 am
 

Umpire's missed call costs Blue Jays

Jesus, Farrell, sour grapes or something? I'm watching the replay over and over and I still can't tell if his foot made contact with the plate or not. Even if it did, the throw beat him by so much, every ump in the major leagues would have called him out.


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