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Oakland As robbed of homer by umpire incompetence (Angel Hernandez)
dailycaller.com ^ | 5-9-2013 | Stuart Dezenhall

Posted on 05/09/2013 12:31:20 PM PDT by servo1969

In last night’s Athletics-Indians game, the A’s trailed by one run with two outs in the ninth inning.

Up came shortstop Adam Rosales to face Indians closer Chris Perez.

On a 1-1 pitch, Rosales blasted a 93 mile per hour fastball to left center field for a game tying home run.

Only the umps didn’t see it that way. They ruled the ball had hit the outfield wall, giving Rosales a double.

After a brief protest from A’s manager Bob Melvin, the umpire crew headed for the replay room to make sure of their call.

Replays definitively showed the ball had indeed been a home run, hitting a rail in the stands several feet above the outfield wall, and had bounced back in.

Pretty clear on replays, pretty obvious call.

Only umpire chief Angel Hernandez got it wrong and somehow did not see the ball blatantly bounce off of the railing and stuck with the initial ruling, costing the A’s a game-tying home run and ultimately the game.

What a joke. Replay is supposed to offer a chance to reverse blown calls and take out a bit of the “human element” A.K.A. “human error” on important, close calls. Not so with Mr. Hernandez, who has a history of trying to make the game more about himself than the teams on the field.

This one wasn’t even a judgment call, it was in his face that he should reverse the call and he didn’t.

Watch the whole ordeal HERE.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: adam; angel; chat; chris; cleveland; hernandez; indians; oakland; perez; rosales; sportschat
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To: servo1969

Tim McClelland is up there too. He’s the ump that takes a year and day making ball and strike calls and then gets arrogant when called on it. He was also the ump that tried to take away George Brett’s homer because of the pine tar on his bat. He’s been around a while too and he’s dreadful.


21 posted on 05/09/2013 1:19:49 PM PDT by Wiggins
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To: cripplecreek
Jim Joyce and Armando Galarraga.........

Trivia question, what pitchers threw no-hitters in 2010?

tick tock, tick tock, tick tock..........beep?

Typical answer will be "I don't know...."

Another trivia question: What pitcher in 2010 was denied a perfect game due to a blown call by an umpire?

Answer: Armando Galarraga and the umpire was Jim Joyce.........LOL!

If I was a player and looking for fame, this would have been the perfect scenario..and I'd likely send Jim Joyce and his wife a Christmas flower arrangement for the rest of my life..........

Baseball is a game played by really good "kids" and officiated by humans. Bad calls have always been made and they will continue to do so. That's just a reflection on the imperfection of those who play it and those who officiate it...........It is what it is and any attempt to refine it and convert it to technological scrutiny will destroy the game forever.

22 posted on 05/09/2013 1:23:27 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I don’t have any problem with Jim Joyce, he knew he blew the call but once it was made it was out of his hands.


23 posted on 05/09/2013 1:25:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Having umpired before, I agree, Crip. Called and done. You live with it the rest of your career.


24 posted on 05/09/2013 1:33:01 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: servo1969

The old cry that umps are “blind” can now refer to not seeing the obvious on TV replays!


25 posted on 05/09/2013 1:34:40 PM PDT by golf lover (goingf)
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To: servo1969

The old cry that umps are “blind” can now refer to not seeing the obvious on TV replays!


26 posted on 05/09/2013 1:35:47 PM PDT by golf lover (goingf)
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To: nickcarraway

“NBA Cares”.....NBA Cares about what, exactly? They never do say what it is that they ‘care’ about. The “NBA Cares” about the NBA!


27 posted on 05/09/2013 1:54:23 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: servo1969

Undocumented run?


28 posted on 05/09/2013 2:10:15 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: cripplecreek
I don’t have any problem with Jim Joyce, he knew he blew the call but once it was made it was out of his hands.

And that's the way it should be.........

29 posted on 05/09/2013 2:56:32 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: servo1969

Same thing happened to the Pirates earlier this year against the Braves, on a ball hit by Travis Snider, but they followed it up with 2 more hits so it was a moot point.


30 posted on 05/09/2013 4:49:39 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Baseball is a game played by really good "kids" and officiated by humans. Bad calls have always been made and they will continue to do so. That's just a reflection on the imperfection of those who play it and those who officiate it...........
Imperfection is one thing; incompetence, for which Angel Hernandez has a game-wide reputation, is something else entirely. Particularly when Hernandez could see clearly enough what everyone watching that game on television could see and still blow the call.
It is what it is and any attempt to refine it and convert it to technological scrutiny will destroy the game forever.
Getting it right is never destructive to the game. I concede this was an early regular season contest, but suppose the game had championship implications? How sanguine would we be then in the innate imperfection of the beings who play and officiate the game?

You might care to know that an umpire who committed one of the most infamous blown calls in baseball history has long since come out in favour of permanent instant replay---regular season and postseason---and hinted that there wouldn't be a thing wrong with baseball government overruling an obviously blown call.

Said umpire's name is Don Denkinger.

P.S. Comparing Hernandez the other night to Jim Joyce in 2010 is almost apples and oranges. Joyce knew he blew the call at the moment he got to see a replay of the play and never shied from acknowledging it in the immediate aftermath. And, unlike Hernandez, who also has a game-wide reputation for arrogance, Joyce after his blown call didn't tell reporters seeking his comments that he'd only issue written comments, and on his own terms. In essence, Hernandez was telling anyone who wanted to know what he was or wasn't thinking when making a flagrantly blown call to urinate up the proverbial rope.

By the way, baseball government has acknowledged the call was blown, but that's all. It should rule the game suspended at a 4-4 tie, and play its remainder from the point of Adam Rosales's should-have-been home run, the next time the A's and the Indians meet. At the least it would be a far more legitimate continuation of a suspended game than the infamous George Brett pine-tar homer was . . .

31 posted on 05/10/2013 5:07:09 AM PDT by BluesDuke (What made America great: God, guns, and Gibson Les Pauls . . .)
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To: BluesDuke

Well said, BD


32 posted on 05/10/2013 7:10:13 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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