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Umpires botch home run call even in review

Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:34 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 1:07 am
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By Matt Snyder

The Royals just beat the Yankees 5-4, as Jorge Posada watched three strikes with the bases loaded to end the game. But the big story was from much earlier in the game, as the umpires called a ball off Billy Butler's bat a home run that pretty obviously shouldn't have been one. They even went to use the Major League Baseball's instant replay system, emerged from the dugout to reinforce that it was a home run.

Watch the video on MLB.com by clicking here.

Even if you don't want to watch the video and admit what your eyes saw -- which is the ball hitting the top of a padded area of the wall and then hitting the very top of the padded fencing before bouncing back onto the field of play -- there are tell-tale signs it was botched. Butler himself was standing at the top step of the dugout ready to run out to second base before the ruling, for one. Also, the Royals announcers had conceded it would be ruled and double and simply said "wow," when the umpires emerged to rule it a home run.

Meanwhile the umpires refused to comment after the game (Marc Carig via Twitter) and Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't protest the game, though he wished he would have (Carig on Twitter).

Butler's home run was a solo shot, but the Royals won by one, so the call was a huge deal. The Yankees hold just a half-game lead in the AL East, too, so the one game could end up being a pretty huge deal in terms of postseason implications. I stop short from saying this call cost the Yankees the game, because there are so many variables in any single game that changing one thing changes everything that follows. We have no way of knowing what would have happened had the call been correctly made. That's the problem. We'll never know.

The most disturbing part about this is that replay was used. If you're going to implement a replay system with the intent of getting calls such as these correct, the calls should actually end up, you know, correct -- especially when they are obvious.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:54 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:22 am
 

Umpires botch home run call even in review

Brief article was basically relatively competently gave them, anybody posesses massive amount of strategies. I just recalled this professed ways of penning this put up.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Umpires botch home run call even in review

Were you this upset when that Jeffery Mayer kid reached over and gave you a homerun in the playoffs?  99% of the time the Yankees get the breaks. And while i'm at it Jeter is so overated it isn't funny. He's always had protection in the lineup and has never been best player even on his own team.

99% of the time? You calculated that? The difference is there was no replay back then. Everyone gets bad calls and good calls against them, although apparently 99% of the time they go in favor of the yankees. You deal with that, you just dont expect it to happen in the plays that are REVIEWED.



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:50 am
 

Umpires botch home run call even in review

very very bad call 



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:33 am
 

Umpires botch home run call even in review

Bad call..."baseball tonight" said the ball hit above the yellow line.  There is no yellow line, people are assuming the border of the neon scoreboard is the yellow line.  It is not. That clearly was a double. All that said the Yanks has ample opportunity to win the game. Soria was self destructing.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:12 am
 

Umpires botch home run call even in review

Yes I knew Jetter had 4 hits and a run scored but how many batters were left in scoring position when he was at the plate? The Yankees went 1-10 with risp. That is the very thing i was talking about. the Yankees have 2 hitters driving in runs Swisher and Granderson.

Ground rules at Kaufman Park say if the ball goes over the first wall and hits the second wall it will be a Homerun there are 2 walls in that spot now if all these folks complaining would understand the ground rules at every park we would know. The darn ground rules are differant in every park and as fans we dont know most of them. I wished they would have ground rules that would stand up in every park but we know Coors Field is different Yankee Stadium are different worst of them all is Bostons Fenway Park.



Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:52 am
 

Umpires botch home run call even in review

I think they would have awarded the grounds rule double because the umpires on the field were signalling HR so the runner went into a trot and was actually tagged as he approached 3B by Nunez.   So, in fairness allowing him to stay at 2B would have been fair if the umps had ruled NO HR.

Bob



Since: Feb 20, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:15 am
 

Umpires botch home run call even in review

"By the way where was Jeters bat in all this."

carliledevils....
FYI, Jeter went 4 for 5 in that game with a double and a run scored.
So I'd say his bat was right where it should have been!!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:44 am
 

Umpires botch home run call even in review

Well lets see the umpire called it a home run there was nothing the Yankees could do period. But in the 9th inning with the bases loaded the great Posada was up to the plate had a ball thrown to him then he left the bat on his shoulder as the next three pitches were strikes. He did not even try! So dont blame the umpires blame the team its self and how many Yankees were left on base. By the way where was Jeters bat in all this.


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