The call that got John Lackey going was a really, really bad one. With the count 2-2 against Carlos Martinez in the top of the fifth inning, Lackey threw a breaking pitch that sailed right over the middle of the plate. Catcher Wilson Contreras did a bad job framing it up, but it was a strike. Even Martinez knew it was…
The most drama out of Cleveland’s clinical, record-breaking win today came when some hot-tempered Tigers were tossed from the game, and when the Indians’ broadcast booth suggested that one of Detroit’s pitchers retaliated by hitting the umpire.
Not much worth paying attention to in Redsland these days, with Cincinnati dead last in the NL Central despite Sunday’s 10-5 win over the Mets. The rare exception? Manager Bryan Price’s beef with umpires, and the question of whether he’d keep it up in the face of the impending rendition of “God Bless America.”
After untold, um, minutes of, hmm, some of their members, uh, wearing some wristbands, the World Umpires Association today ended their nearly day-long protest of “escalating verbal attacks” and will return to their regular attire, which in some cases might still include wristbands, I think.
The World Umpires Association today denounced Ian Kinsler and Major League Baseball for what it describes as a pattern of “escalating attacks on umpires.” MLB umpires will wear white wristbands during games as a form of protest.
In June, on the occasion of becoming just the third major-league umpire ever to work 5,000 games, Joe West sat for a wide-ranging interview with USA Today, and one of the questions asked who believes is baseball’s biggest complainer.
The Blue Jays ran into one hell of an Ump Show during their game against the Oakland A’s yesterday. Over the course of a few pitches, home plate umpire Will Little managed to eject manager John Gibbons, pitcher Marcus Stroman, and catcher Russell Martin.
Tonight’s Blue Jays-Red Sox game started with a frightening first inning for home-plate umpire Chris Segal, who was hit in the head by Josh Donaldson’s bat when the third baseman lost his grip.
Angel Hernandez, a Cuban MLB umpire currently in his 24th year in the league, filed a lawsuit today in federal court saying that the league discriminated against him and other minority umpires on the basis of race.
Here’s the scene: top of the ninth inning, two down, bases loaded, down 2-1. The batter is a rookie, and this is his first ever major league plate appearance. That was the situation Nats rookie Adrian Sanchez found himself in last night, stepping to the plate with a chance to bring home at least the tying run in the…
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the harrowing account of umpire John Tumpane’s afternoon near the Pirates’ stadium on the Roberto Clemente Bridge, where he came across a woman who climbed over the railing and wanted to jump off.
Umpire Joe West will take the field for his 5,000th game tonight, and Jeff Passan has a profile of him over on Yahoo Sports to commemorate the occasion. There are quite a few interesting tidbits—he golfs with Hawk Harrelson! He doesn’t seem to care even in the slightest about how much people hate him!—and there’s also…
There was a brief and confusing tiff between Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and umpire Alan Porter during last night’s Braves-Nationals game. While in the field during the top of the second inning, Murphy asked Porter to shift out of his line of sight, which is a pretty common request from middle infielders.…
Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier’s defense has such a strong reputation that when he misplayed this fly ball in the first inning of Tampa Bay’s game Tuesday against the White Sox, umpires decided the ball must have struck one of Tropicana Field’s rings—and awarded batter Yolmer Sanchez a home run.
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.