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Umpire's blown call costs D-Backs' Hill a double

Posted on: October 2, 2011 5:31 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2011 10:56 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Once again, an umpiring mistake has jumped to the forefront of a playoff game, even if it may not end up meaning too much in the large scheme of things. However, Arizona's Aaron Hill did get a base taken away from him in the first inning of Sunday's Game 2 of the NLDS.

With one out in the first, the Diamondbacks' second baseman hit a ball down the left-field line off of Brewers starter Zack Greinke. Umpire James Hoye, positioned on the line, called the ball foul, even as Hill scooted into second for a double. Replays showed Hill's liner hit on the fair side of a yellow stripe on the wall.

Hill went back to the plate and calmly nailed the next pitch into center for a single.

Hoye, who is working in the first postseason of his career, was in the sunlight and the ball landed into what was a shaded part of the stadium at that time. The shadows in Milwaukee have been an issue this series and may have played a part in Hoye's call.  

Greinke then got Justin Upton to pop up weakly to Prince Fielder in foul territory and struck out Miguel Montero on four pitches to end the inning. Despite that, it's impossible to say the inning was changed by the call, as pitchers pitch differently with a runner on second than they do with one on first. Chances are Greinke would get out of the inning, but there's no way to know that for sure.

Postseason games have umpires positioned on the outfield lines just for those calls. Of course, there's another way to fix those kinds of calls, but I think we here at Eye On Baseball have made our position on expanded replay clear, so no need to beat that dead horse (but feel free to do so in the comments).

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Umpire's blown call costs D-Backs' Hill a double

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Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:03 am
 

Umpire's blown call costs D-Backs' Hill a double

So, Majot League Baseball adds two umpires to a crew in order to increase field coverage and to make sure that they get the calls correct, and an umpire misses a ball hit down the line.  The umpires down the foul lines have nothing else to do but make fair/foul calls on balls hit their way, homeruns hit their way, and whether or not a ball was trapped by an outfielder.  Maybe he had just dozed off, because he was bored standing down the line.  Oh, wait a minute... this happened in the first inning, so, he couldn't have been bored yet... could he?  After all of that, there is instant replay... oh, but this is not one of the plays that can be reviewed.  Yes, I know that the impact on the outcome of this game was negligible, if at all, but who knows?  If one of the next two batters had hit a single there would be a lot more screaming and yelling about that call.  MLB has to get their umpiring under control.  Unfortunately, umpires are assigned to the post-season on a rotation basis.. not based on performance.  MLB MUST address that in their next CBA with the umpires.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:42 am
 

Umpire's blown call costs D-Backs' Hill a double

Hill singled immediately after that, so it's effect was nearly nil. But it was a blown call and as another person here pointed out, if the ump had hustled down the line as is his responsibility, the correct call would have been made. He should be excused from umpiring the rest of the series.




Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:26 am
 

Umpire's blown call costs D-Backs' Hill a double

I'd love to know how these clowns are picked for these series. After possibly one of the worst blown calls in baseball history at the plate in the braves/pirates games this summer, how is Jerry Meals allowed anywhere near a stadium in the post season this year? Yet there he was behind the dish in Phils/Cards on Sunday absolutely butchering pitches left and right going both ways.



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Umpire's blown call costs D-Backs' Hill a double

Didn't have an impact on this game, but the umpires have got to start getting it right! especially in the playoffs! Curt Schilling said it best: there are guys umpiring who don't belong in the big leagues. All I gotta say



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Umpire's blown call costs D-Backs' Hill a double

Could have been a huge swing for the Diamondbacks had the correct call been made.  The Brewers certainly caught a break on that one.




At least it sounded like a break  Surprised



Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Umpire's blown call costs D-Backs' Hill a double

"I didn't see the play, but I thought it was fair..."

"If you didn't see it, how could you "think" it was fair?"




I like these two comments.  But I'm not going to get excited until I hear an umpire say. "It sounded high."



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Umpire's blown call costs D-Backs' Hill a double

In a four man crew, perhaps I can believe that the umpire didn't get far enough down the line to judge fair/foul in that change of "lighting." But in a six-man crew, that's ALL YOU HAVE TO DO!! Get your fat azz down the line and get a look at the ball. I'm a Brewer fan, but also 13 years NCAA umpire. His positioning (or lack of it) was inexcusable.


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