Here’s an Australian Open line umpire taking a blow “down under” during today’s Federer-Berdych match. Ow ow ow ow ow.
You know Joe West. Of course you know Joe West, because West is the only MLB umpire who thinks you’re there to see him instead of the game. Picking fights, escalating confrontations, offering opinions when none are asked for, and ejecting West craves being the center of attention, and wants nothing more than to eject…
Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn lasted 3.1 innings in today’s start against the Cubs, giving up four hits, six walks, and three earned runs before being replaced by Tyler Lyons. Lynn threw 46 strikes in 83 pitches, and decided home plate umpire Dan Bellino shared part of the blame for his poor outing.
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.
Umpire and weirdo Jordan Baker defused a brewing Padres-Braves brawl with his best attempt at a double underhook throw on San Diego’s Matt Kemp, who was attempting to go after Julio Teheran following a hit by pitch in the first inning today in Atlanta.
Rays manager Kevin Cash went off on the umpires and the replay crew after Seattle’s wild 7-6 win yesterday, blasting them for two controversial calls that both went against Tampa.
Bryce Harper was tossed from tonight’s game against the Yankees for ... well it isn’t exactly sure what he was tossed for. Home plate umpire Marvin Hudson made a (bad) strike call that Harper disagreed with, and he said a few words before digging in for the next pitch. But then manager Matt Williams began jawing with…
Brian Knight left today’s Phillies-Nationals game in the ninth inning after a Blake Treinen fastball passed by José Lobaton’s mitt and bopped the umpire right between the eyes.
The machines tried to tell us it was time to go home. We didn't listen. And now Marty Foster's crotch has paid the ultimate price.
Home plate umpire Jim Garman got absolutely rocked by a foul tip in today's West Virginia-Texas baseball game. The swing from Michael Cantu deflected the ball directly into Garman's face, knocking his mask off and sending Garman to the dirt. After a minute of being examined by both team's trainers, however, Garman got…
MLB umpires rarely sit down with the media, however umpire Hunter Wendelstedt gave Todd Kalas a peek into this year's biggest game changer – the instant replay. Instead of being salty that technology was taking part of his job, Wendelstedt praised the positive impacts that instant replay has made on the game.
Some of these umpires call balls and strikes like Frank Drebin; others call like they're passing a kidney stone. All of them are funny.
Vin Scully is a national treasure, Exhibit No. 973,948:
MLB umpire/country music singer Joe West wasn't nimble enough to avoid Stephen Vogt's foul line drive in Tuesday night's A's-Mets game, so he ended up taking a ball right to the chest. West didn't have the protective equipment of a home-plate umpire, but he was fine.
Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt took a hard fall during Saturday's Blue Jays/Orioles game when Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones went for second base on an error. Ow.
Umpire Paul Nauert gently slapped, or tapped, Torii Hunter in the face tonight during Detroit's game against the Orioles and it's kind of a strange thing. It seems harmless—obviously he did not injure Torii Hunter—but if the roles were reversed, and Torii Hunter put his hands on an umpire, we'd be discussing whether…
Baseball is full of pointless indignities, but the fact a player can be ejected from a game he's already, by rule, barred from re-entering is one of the most impotent. With that impotence in mind, here's professional MLB umpire Laz Diaz goading Yankees pitcher Shawn Kelley into getting ejected.
Yunel Escobar struck out on a 4-2 pitch, which is a good sign that something went horribly wrong.
In the 13 games played on opening day, managers took advantage of MLB's new replay review system to challenge four calls, with a fifth coming from the umpires themselves. Two of them were overturned, but just as importantly, the reviews were conducted quickly—the shortest in 0:58, the longest in 2:30, and an average…
Baseball umpires are not immune to psychological biases, and it's an old adage of baseball commentating that strike zones get smaller when there are two strikes, and larger when there are three balls. In their Sloan finalist paper "What Does it Take to Call a Strike? Three Biases in Umpire Decision Making," authors…