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Questionable call mars 19-inning game

Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:16 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 2:23 am
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By Matt Snyder

After 19 innings, we were left with a disputed winner Tuesday night -- er, Wednesday morning. The Braves and Pirates had both set franchise records for the longest game in franchise history, in terms of time. Yet when the Braves' Julio Lugo slid home and was ruled safe, it left a sour taste in the mouths of nearly all fans.

There's bound to be lots of fallout from this, but for now, here's what the Internet has provided of the controversial play:

Here's a good TwitPic of Pirates catcher Michael McKenry pretty clearly tagging Lugo out well short of home plate. Oh, here's another one.

Also, here's a GIF, courtesy of SBNation, that shows the whole play, in case you don't trust still pictures. It certainly wasn't as sure as it looked in the stills, but there's no doubt McKenry's glove caught at least a little bit of Lugo before he touched home plate.

What a sad way to end a game that lasted so long.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:37 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:38 pm
 

Questionable call mars 19-inning game

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Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Questionable call mars 19-inning game

Too soon!



Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:30 am
 

Questionable call mars 19-inning game

For those that think the ump blew the call on purpose , and there
seems to be a few of you , your an idiot . For everyone else here
is my take .

With the throw beating the runner by such a large margin , there
are two concerns for the catcher . The runner plowing him over or
sliding wide to the back of the plate. Obviously this runner did neither
deciding to give up and slide short of the plate , not trying to score the
winning run.  The catcher made a very unusual decision on THIS play
using a swipe tag , which is usually seen at the bases , but never ...
at least ive never seen it ... used on a runner that has " given up "
his attempt at scoring at home plate  .

I think the catcher was surprised that the runner niether attempted to
slide wide or plow him over ... and just swiped like he was planing to
do if the runner slid wide .   The catcher , imo , should have had the
ball secured with both hands , preparing himself for a collision or at the
ready for a slid by the runner to the outside.   Lets be honest ... if the
runner decided to plow him over ( to score the winning run ! )  do you
think that ball would have stayed in his glove while he was attempting
a swipe tag ??? 

And lastly , we have many angles to view this tag , but the only angle
we dont have is the umpires view . Seeing the tag on the inside of the
runners right leg would be very difficult from where he was standing.





Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Questionable call mars 19-inning game

YIKES



Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Questionable call mars 19-inning game

This here my friends, is the perfect reasoning and example behind why catchers block the plate with their bodies.

Terrible call.  Selig won't say anything though either. 



Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:32 am
 

Questionable call mars 19-inning game

Actually, you are questioning the tag method. The only way you will truly see contact with a sweep tag is if there's some type of impact: jersey bunching up, stomach squishing in, or the player getting knocked down. It's even tougher to see many of these things in super duper slo mo.

Whether obvious physical contact with the glove was made would never be questioned in any other dead-to-rights play. It's obvious that the runner's out, so they don't play the video over and over to point out exactly where the contact was made. I think if you studied most other tag-out plays, especially with the camera angle from the backside as in this case, it would be tough to prove where and if contact was made.



Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:56 am
 

Questionable call mars 19-inning game

Worst call I've ever seen in 40 some years of watching baseball, umps bank accounts should be monitored closely.




Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:36 am
 

Questionable call mars 19-inning game

Nobody is questioning the "sweep tag" - but you still have to TAG THE RUNNER!!! The catcher does not CLEARLY tag the runner. Even on super slo-mo replay you can't be sure.


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