What the hell is going on with umpiring in baseball? Every time I turn around, officiating in baseball has to be defended for bad calls.
The last two games in Minnesota have been dreadful. One umpire missed the call when Yankees outfielder Greg Golson clearly caught the ball before it touched the ground. Thankfully, the play didn’t affect the game’s outcome. Last night, a check swing for a called “strike three” wasn’t called, leading to Twins manager, Ron Gardenhire, to be tossed from the game.
Similar incidents in San Francisco and Tampa Bay also call into play, the quality of umpiring. This season, a perfect game was lost due to umpire incompetence.
Unlike any other sport, baseball officiating is the only sport that gives the umpire more attention on the level of the players. In the NFL, an official never gives attention to himself. Instant replay has also streamlined questionable calls into football games, making the option very viable.
Baseball purists seethe at the implementation of instant replay calling it an intrusion to the human element of umpiring. But with more and more incidence of neglect in baseball officiating, it’s not looking good for the overall health of the sport.
Right now, baseball ups are disgrace to professional sports!