Blind umpire Paul Emmel blew what should have been the final pitch of the Padres’ eighth tonight when he declared the above play to be a foul tip off Derek Norris’s bat. Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett was, as you might imagine, unhappy.
When we profiled umpire Tony Randazzo last year, we noted he had an "aggressive attitude." That aggression was on display tonight in New York, as the ump blew a call with two outs in the ninth inning, tossed Mike Aviles from the game after it was already over, then taunted Indians skipper Terry Francona.
Peter Gammons went on Dan Patrick's radio show to talk about umpire Angel Hernandez's egregious blown call from Wednesday night's A's-Indians game. Gammons offered an interesting explanation for how Hernandez could have failed to properly call what was a clear home run even after looking at a video replay.
Like the call that handed the Seahawks the win over the Packers two Mondays ago, the ruling in the Braves-Cardinals death match was complex enough to trip up the layman. The call on Golden Tate's "touchdown" could, if you squinted, have been justified based on a slippery understanding of the concept of the…
Havoc broke loose in the eighth inning of tonight's Cardinals-Braves wild card game after a late—and terrible—infield fly call on a popup to left field that St. Louis couldn't corral.
Umpire Bob Davidson added insult to injury for the Phillies today when, after obstructing catcher Brian Schneider's attempts to retrieve a dropped third strike from hurler Cliff Lee, he ejected Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel—leading to a fierce, "fuck"-filled argument in the eighth inning of today's game against…