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  •  I'm sorry but... (2+ / 0-)
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    peregrine kate, ChetBob

    Baseball umpires get calls wrong ALL the time. Since there's no instant replay allowed, you have no objective way to correct them. And in a game where one play can make the difference between an inning ending and a 10 run comeback, you gotta try.

    Those who ignore the future are condemned to repeat it.

    by enigmamf on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 10:11:22 AM PDT

    •  Many times a manager (2+ / 0-)
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      happymisanthropy, mkor7

      will also come out to argue to keep his player from taking matters into his own hands, with the resulting ejection. If a manager is ejected, he can get replaced by the bench coach or maybe the bullpen coach...your star hitter getting ejected is far less replaceable if you're trying to make a comeback in the late innings.

      But in general, Mark's right -- many times a manager will come out and argue a close play just to sow that little seed of doubt in an umpire's head, making him wonder if he really saw what he thought he saw. That could be an advantage later in the game.

      (I do appreciate some of the efforts that are being made to add in instant replay into baseball, but there has to be care not to go overboard or we'll end up with 6 hour games.)

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 10:31:12 AM PDT

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    •  Case in point: Armando Galarraga's perfect game (3+ / 0-)
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      BornDuringWWII, mkor7, ChetBob

      in 2010.
      The umpire who made the mistake even wanted to call it back but wasn't allowed to do so. That's bogus.
      (Sort of OT but I couldn't resist.)

      •  Not OT at all. The 1st Base Ump blew it bigtime (2+ / 0-)
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        mkor7, peregrine kate

        and the Commissioner was TOO DUMB to say, based on clear objective evidence, and for the good of baseball, batter  #27 was OUT.  GAME OVER. Batter #28 (who also was put out) was just for our amusement.

        Even the broadcasters immediately said that the call was wrong. It was clear even before they showed replays.  I'll never understand why the umps didn't huddle on that call.

        I lost a huge amount of respect for baseball that day. And the networks all switched to that game in the 9th inning, because of the potential perfecto, so MILLIONS saw the flub by the ump, and then the BIGGER flub by the Commissioner.

        The point of the diary was not giving a cheater an unfair edge, and by extension, calling people out when the mistake is OBVIOUS.

        Great example.

        "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry

        by BornDuringWWII on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 12:18:00 PM PDT

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