May 13, 2013
What was already a bad time for umpires got worse Saturday when one of them walked a batter on just three called balls. It happened in Kansas City with two outs in the fifth inning. Royals batter Lorenzo Cain was awarded first base on the seventh pitch of his at-bat after the Yankees' Andy Pettitte buried a pitch in the dirt. Home-plate umpire Mark Wegner called ball four. Yankees manager Joe Girardi disagreed, setting off a controversy. "We thought in the dugout it was 2-2," he said.
May 10, 2013
The bosses at Major League Baseball on Thursday told the Athletics that they were right, the umps were wrong, and they were sorry but they can't make amends. One day after umpire Angel Hernandez and his crew blew a call on what would have been a game-tying homer for Oakland at Cleveland, MLB executive vice president Joe Torre told the A's to suck it up. With two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday, Adam Rosales sent a drive to left that easily cleared the 19-foot-high outfield wall and struck a metal railing before bouncing back into the field of play.
June 25, 2012
One ill-advised word = three-game suspension. That's the result of the recent PIAA Class AAA baseball semifinal involving Ss. Neumann-Goretti and Lampeter-Strasburg. After that game, won by L-S, 2-1, N-G coach Mike Zolk, irate over the outcome of three crucial calls, accused the umpires of cheating. The PIAA wasn't too happy. Patricia Sticco, N-G's principal, was asked to investigate the situation and provide her findings. Additionally, she was given the chance to handle the matter internally.
June 12, 2012 |
SO MUCH for the notion that only seniors experience true devastation after heartbreaking defeats that end a season. Joey Glennon is a junior at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High and again and again Monday, while trying to express his feelings on a 2-1 setback in a PIAA Class AAA baseball semifinal, he cried, heaved, cried harder, heaved harder. To do the Saints' loss to Lampeter-Strasburg, played at Spring-Ford High, in Royersford, full justice, a three-part series would be necessary.
July 28, 2011 |
D AVID ROSS hit a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-1, last night for their second straight victory in extra innings. Atlanta and Pittsburgh played 19 innings Tuesday night before Julio Lugo scored the winning run on a controversial call at the plate that umpire Jerry Meals later acknowledged was incorrect. Ross became Atlanta's starting catcher yesterday when the Braves placed Brian McCann on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique injury.
October 6, 2010
Everybody, including home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck, knew that Roy Halladay was working on a no-hitter. And Hirschbeck instinctively understood he might be the only one who couldn't let himself get caught up in the increasing frenzy around him. Only after it was over, after Halladay put the finishing touch on his second no-no of the season and the Phillies beat the Reds, 4-0, in Game 1 of their National League Division Series, did the veteran...
August 29, 2010
Bill Klem, the umpire whose Hall of Fame career predated replays, Jumbotrons and in-season vacations, never had a problem distinguishing between safe and out or ball and strike. "It ain't nothing," Klem used to explain, "till I call it. " Klem helped define umpiring, helped make the men in blue as much a part of the game as the players themselves. But he also knew that the best of his breed were those you rarely noticed. Last week, in Philadelphia, as likely will be the case this week in some other city, the umpires were noticed.
August 27, 2010 |
Comment From Marshall Mathers : Why am I not worried about the Phillies? They never beat the Astros this time of year, and I know they didn't gain on the Braves, but they didn't lose ground, either. Gonzo: I watched the Phils-Mets rivalry show on Versus the other day. Shane Victorino had a lot of face time. He kept saying, and I'm paraphrasing, that the Phils have shown that they're a late-season team and they never give up. And he's right. Same goes for this year. They should have performed better against the 'Stros, sure, but I'm not worried about it. They always play better down the stretch when the pressure is on. Comment From Ryan : Do you think you made an enemy today?
August 26, 2010 |
Paul Dehel wore a Phillies jersey and carried a two-sided, autographed sign praising a visiting player and mocking an umpire. The 17-year-old from Jenkintown summed up a strange night at Citizens Bank Park. To many in the 106th consecutive sellout crowd, the bad guys in the building weren't so much the players in rust-colored jerseys - after all, popular former Phillie J.A. Happ was the Astros' starting pitcher - as the arbiters in gray slacks and black hats. "After the last two nights, I had to," Dehel said of his decision to display a sign that took umpire Scott Barry to task for his work in the 14th inning of the Phillies' 4-2 loss to the Astros on Tuesday night.
August 25, 2010 |
By the end of the longest and most peculiar night of this Phillies season, Roy Oswalt was playing left field, Raul Ibanez was at first base, and Brian Schneider was catching. Mostly a lack of offense was to blame - the Phillies had two runs and 10 hits in 16 innings of a 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night - but third-base umpire Scott Barry also played a role in the last of manager Charlie Manuel's moves on his mangled lineup card. With runners at first and second and two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning, Ryan Howard thought he had checked his swing on a two-strike pitch from Astros righthander Mark Melancon.