The Red Sox and Orioles have engaged in quite the skirmish over the past week and change, repeatedly throwing baseballs at each other and glowering just enough to get Rob Manfred to step in and tell them to cool it. By the time the commissioner gets involved in a confrontation like this, it’s usually good sign that…
On Tuesday, umpire CB Bucknor made an absolutely inexplicable call when he ruled Chase d’Arnaud’s game-ending strikeout as a foul tip and gave the Braves a second chance at beating the Nationals. Last night, he almost did it again, but was saved by fellow umpires.
The biggest issue with mic-ing up umpire crews to explain replay decisions, which the Associated Press reports is potentially in the works, is that it’s simply not necessary. At a time when streamlining baseball games, especially the inactive parts, is seemingly of paramount concern to the commissioner’s office, why…
Yep, it was one of those CB Bucknor kind of nights. Bucknor, who has been named the worst umpire in baseball multiple times in player surveys, was behind the plate for last night’s 3-1 Nationals win over the Braves. Just where Bucknor thought that plate was is another story.
Umpire Dale Scott was released from the hospital this morning after being stretchered off the field Friday night when he took a foul tip directly to the face:
Dale Scott left the field in Toronto tonight on a stretcher as the 31-year veteran umpire took a foul tip directly to the face.
“I believe we have a balloon or something blowing around in center field.”
Canada lost its Davis Cup tie to Great Britain 3-2 after Denis Shapovalov accidentally drilled the chair umpire in the face with a ball in reaction to losing a point.
Last week, on the brisk October evening that marked Game 1 of the World Series, I sat at a Brooklyn sports bar inside a galleria and noticed that a man on the field was wearing a suit.
Being a home plate umpire is not without its risks. One of those is getting hit in the face with a baseball, which has got to hurt even with a mask on. Jerry Layne left tonight’s Blue Jays-Orioles game in the third inning after an Aaron Sanchez fastball caught him right on top of the mask.
Jefry Marte lost the handle on his bat late in tonight’s loss to the A’s, and it delivered an enormous gash to umpire Paul Emmel’s head. Emmel left the game, leaving a shorthanded crew to call the final out.
Mike DiMuro left today’s Red Sox-Blue Jays game and underwent a concussion protocol after a second-inning foul tip drilled the veteran umpire square in the face.
Today’s bizarre video comes courtesy of a Texas Bi-District Playoffs game between Texas High School and Whitehouse High School. After a Texas High player mashes a homer, it sure looks like the umpire runs over to kick a bunch of dirt on home plate.
Red Sox coaches had to restrain David Ortiz after his outburst following a ninth-inning strikeout with the bases loaded in a game the Yankees went on to win, 3-2.
Umpire Mike Muchlinski is starting his third season in full-time MLB service, and today he got a reminder that the job isn’t always a dream. Here, in the fifth inning in New York, he caught a foul ball in a very unkind place.
Dominika Cibulkova knocked Caroline Wozniacki out of the St. Petersburg WTA tournament yesterday in a match that featured one of the most baffling decisions made by a chair umpire we’ve seen in a long time.
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.