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Atrocious umpiring not a factor as Yanks stomp Angels

Oct 21, 2009, 12:26 AM EDT

At least some brought their A games to the park on Tuesday. The Halos certainly didn’t live up to their logos, and the boys in blue continued to build the case for why instant replay needs to be greatly expanded in baseball.
Since it turned into a rout, CC Sabathia will be the story, and deservedly so. On three days’ rest, the big left-hander silenced anyone still questioning his postseason record with eight innings of one-run ball. He improved to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.19.
Had the game remained close, then the umpires would have faced their greatest scrutiny yet. Tim McClelland, widely revered as the game’s best, horribly botched two plays at third, making it obvious in the process that he wasn’t even paying attention to the game in front of him.
In the fourth, second-base umpire Dale Scott missed a clear pickoff at second base. That was the play that led to McClelland’s first error. Nick Swisher should have been called out after straying from the bag, but Scott ruled him safe following the pickoff throw. He went on to advance to third and seemingly score on a sac fly, but McClelland, who never looked to see where Swisher was, said Swisher left too early and called him out, though replay showed he didn’t. It wasn’t even particularly close.
At least that was righting a wrong. McClelland’s call in the fifth suggested that his head was a long way from Anaheim. Swisher hit a comebacker to Darren Oliver with Jorge Posada on third and Robinson Cano on second. Oliver threw home, and catcher Mike Napoli snatched the ball and ran Posada back to third. Cano, meanwhile, had run almost all of the way to third, only to stop a foot in front of the bag. Posada returned to third, but overran the base, allowing Napoli to tag both players while neither was on the bag. Bizarrely, McClelland only gave the Angels the one out. Fortunately, the Angels did get out of the inning without further damage.
So, the score will overshadow the bad umpiring and some poor managing from Mike Scioscia, who decided against pulling an ineffective Scott Kazmir to start the fifth and never went to Ervin Santana until it was 5-1. It didn’t matter, since the Angels couldn’t get anything going against Sabathia and they again failed to stop Alex Rodriguez, who went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three-run scored.
Now comes the unnecessary day off before a must-win Game 5 for the Angels. A.J. Burnett and John Lackey will pitch. With Lackey comes his personal catcher, Jeff Mathis, and that the Angels are facing a right-hander means that Maicer Izturis is due to start at second over Howie Kendrick. However, Scioscia better have some sort of new plan in store, because a weaker lineup is hardly what the Angels need right now.

  1. Yankette - Oct 21, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    I see the green eyes monster is rearing it’s head.

  2. Yankette - Oct 21, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    I’m not sure what the complaining is about. Isn’t this the Yankees? And, isn’t this what happens every year that they are in the playoffs? I mean, if Jeter and company had to face a real strike zone instead of the “Yankee” strike zone, they would bat fifty points lower. And, is it a fluke that every critical “missed” call (every year!) goes for New York? Look, it’s important for TV ratings that N.Y. be in the world series and NOT a small market team. The only time that baseball was on a level playing field was between 1960 and 1975. Before 1960, the Yankees could buy their team (Hell, the Athletics were like a farm team for N.Y. and the Ruth “trade” was a cash transaction) and after 1975 they could buy their team again. In between (other than the early 60’s when the remnants of their earlier purchases kept them competitive)they sucked when they had to fairly compete.
    I think you need to adjust your tinfoil hat, you are getting some interference.
    To Church of the Perpetually Outraged:
    Ya think??? LOLOLOL

  3. Curtis - Oct 21, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    there needs to be more accountability. Bud Selig needs to stand strong and send a message. You make one wrong call shame on me, you make two wrong calls shame on you – your out. Out of the world series. time for Tim McClellan to go fishing and on vacation. I was at home drinking a beer, and smoking a cigar and got the calls right before the replay. This guy sees it unfold right in front of him and gets it wrong. And they are not even bang bang calls. It seems to me they are using what the NBA refs use a lot – make up calls. They know one ump missed a call earlier, so they take it out on the next play. Thats the only logical reason I can see. You simply have to move on from a bad call, and get the rest right. If this happens in a close game, deciding game, or somehow ends up deciding the champion – this sport will be tarnished forever.

  4. nyrick - Oct 21, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    “In my heart I thought he left too soon…”
    what the frig does that mean???

  5. Dragonminder - Oct 21, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    There is only one reason why baseball does not allow review of a controversial call via the instant replay — because they know that the umpires would be shown up, again and again, for the incompetent boobs that most of them are. I once saw the captain of a much-hated team of umpires smugly tell a TV interviewer, “It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks they saw happen on the field; it ain’t nothin’ till I call it.” Oh, really? Then why bother to play the game at all? Why not just let the umpires sit down with a six-pack and have them decide who they think should win the game? But if the actual plays matter, then the entire game is being cheapened by incompetent officiating that negates spectacular plays and rewards boneheaded ones. I never again want to hear an announcer say, “Boy, he caught a big break on that call,” after a player who is clearly out is called safe.

  6. Go Yank s - Oct 21, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    It’s obvious that MLB playoff umpires are chosen by senility, not ability. McClelland may be pretty good behind the plate but when he works the bases he has ADD. Not to mention not even being sharp enough to get into position to make a call. Maybe a double venti mocha would help? Or cut out the wild partying and get a good night’s sleep, Tim. And cut out the “In my heart …” crap and just admit you’re human and you totally blew three calls (Swisher, cano, Posada).

  7. jojodiceman - Oct 21, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    If anyone needs any more proof that the umps (ok, at least McClelland) want the Yankees to lose, it is his comment “In my heart he left early.” Okaaaaaayyyyy. So in other words, in his heart he was hoping Swisher left early. And even though he didn’t leave early, McClelland can’t fool his heart. It loves who it loves…

  8. NYguy - Oct 21, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Jon says,”What about the play at the plate just before Swisher was picked off at second? As far as I could see from the replays, the catcher tagged the runner (I think it was Cano) before he touched the plate. The Cano’s right let was in the air over the plate, but never touched it. He was tagged and then his left leg, which was under his body, slid through home plate. Yes it was bang bang, but thats another blown call by the umps, and thats before they blow the call at second with Swisher.”
    I have seen that replay 20 times since last night. There has not been one other person on TV or in this thread who saw the call as you did. You, obviously, have the green eye doing the thinking for you. No matter how many times you may look at the call. It was the right one by the umpire. They make enough bad calls without you conjuring up more your hatred. None of the calls discussed here took the bats out of the Angels’ hands. The score was 10-1. Thank goodness the blown calls did not affect the outcome. You would then be insufferable to listen to.

  9. NJyank - Oct 21, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Mistakes by umpires and weathermen…. no accountability by either of them…

  10. uknownothing - Oct 21, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    what an idiot

  11. jJOEDAUMP - Oct 21, 2009 at 12:26 PM


  12. G-Man - Oct 21, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    I have to agree with the question of “why these calls were not argued”? They were just blatant, no question about it. Why didn’t the umps huddle to see if another ump had a better view. They weren’t trying to get it right. I have seen better umps at a little league game.

  13. NYguy - Oct 21, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Thank you for recognizing the ridiculous, whiny ranting of someone who is clueless. Mr. Roush hates the Yankees and that is no sweat for me, but his diatribe is ludicrous. He must be confusing small market for small minded areas. Funny, since 2000 the Angels and Yanks have met twice before in the playoffs and the Angels came out on top. So much for the getting all the calls theory. If the Angels were to come back and win, then how is having Los Angeles in the series a small market situation? LA is a much bigger market than Philly. Why aren’t the Dodgers getting all the calls. This guy makes no sense at all.

  14. Mike - Oct 21, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Old Gator diving is not a sport so please do not compare it an actual sport. The umps sucked!!!!! and have all playoffs going all the way back to the “play in” game between the Tiger and Twins

  15. qbanbandit - Oct 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Mike Feistein recent article on MLB officiating is right on the money. They use their regular crew instead of having a scoring system to select the best umpires and use them in the LCS and WS. It is a shame that officiating is not transparent in the series even though they are adding 2 more umpires in the LF and RF line just to collect a paycheck. This is all because of the union and their archaic ways; they need to come to the 21st century and implement instant replay specially if they continue to miss call.

  16. Fecteau - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    I have never seen a Yankee fan with the respect and reverence for the opposing teams fans in my entire life, and I’ve been a BoSox fan since six. Thanks Isaac, I’d buy you a beer anytime… Hopefully other Yank fans can recognize as you have (remember Nomar Garciaparra getting tagged on a double play by Knoblauch in which he was about 1 1/2 to 2 feet away from hitting Morar)

  17. tibby - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    You sound like every idiot Yankee hater. I have read all over the blogs from Yankee fans that both the call at 2nd base on Swisher and the non-call on Cano at third were wrong, but I don’t hear you saying anything about that ridiculous call made on Swisher leaving too soon.
    Go pout somewhere else. The Yankees spend the money because they are willing to take chances on people; remember Pavano, Drabek, Randy Johnson….shall I go on. The Steinbrenner family is NOT the wealthiest group of owners in baseball; there are plenty of other owners who have more money. The biggest difference is the Steinbrenner’s want to win more than anyone, and they put their money where their heart is, and that is in winning.
    I would love to know who your favroite team is. You are a typical whiner. Keep in mind that the heart and soul of this team is still Derek Jeter (home grown), Posada (home grown) and Mo (home grown). So why don’t you order up a big plate of suck it; because number 27 is just around the corner.

  18. Joey B - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    I don’t mind it when they blow a close call, as long they blow them all the time, but the ump is 5 feet away from the base, and both runners a foor or a 1.5 feet away from the bag. The commish has to call him in and ask him what he was looking at. He should also ask him what he was looking at on the tag-up play. And then ask the HP plate ump why he didn’t intercede on the DP miscall. He should’v had a pretty good view as well. Swisher was probably out at 2nd, but it’s a split-second play that could easily be missed. The bad calls at 3rd were so bad it almost had to be because the ump just wasn’t paying attention.
    BTW, it was a perfect time for Scioscia to get himself tossed.

  19. Fecteau - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    I’ll second that…
    “Went a little heavy on the pine tree perfume there, kid”
    “Sir, it’s a taxicab air freshener”
    “Great. You’ve pinpointed it. Step two is washing it out”

  20. LongTimeYankFan - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Rave on – this is the same Yankee bashing that has grown so tiresome. If they win, then it’s obviously because the officiating stinks, because A-Rod cheats, because Jeter gets special treatment, because…give it up.
    The best team wins, and this year it’s NY. Get over it. Anyone can alibi the bad calls and the bad hops. True professionals find a way to win anyway. Besides, with a 10-run margin, you can hardly argue that bad calls were all to blame.

  21. Lugio - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Bad calls will always be made but these two were riduculous. However, Posada should never have been at third had he paid attention to the ball that went all the way to the on Cano’s double. I’m a Yankee fan however Jorge is making too many mental errors–did he not run to the dugout after 2 outs in one of those last innings.

  22. Ward - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    “If anyone needs any more proof that the umps (ok, at least McClelland) want the Yankees to lose” – Right, which explains why he let Cano stay on 3rd base when he should have been called out.

  23. retiredchap1 - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    “Always”? Bad call in favor of Angels was the Swisher call on third. Don’t say “always”, there are exceptions. I does seem that many of the calls have gone the Yankees way. However, the Angels are making a lot of mistakes in the field and on the base paths. Can’t make that many mistakes and hope to win a best of 7 series.

  24. Greggo - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    I’ve never seen so many missed calls as we have during this post-season. The Angels have been snake-bitten with them for years now going back to the White Sox series. However, I never want to see instant replay in MLB. It wrecked football. Umpires are a part of the game. Those calls will live in infamy, like major comebacks and critical hits or errors by the players. It will be part of the legend and lore of the game. Let’s leave it that way. But if you really want to solve the umpiring problem then put Lou Piniella in charge of the umpire corps after he retires from managing. The strike zone would be honored and the calls would improve–or else!

  25. Johnny - Oct 21, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    I always wanted to be an umpire but they found out I had two parents and was ineligible. They could care less if they are right or wrong. Umpiring for post season is done on a rotational basis, not like football where the better official crews get the games. NFL was even smart enough to rate the crew as a whole instead of individually so that the crews that work well together would do a good job in the playoffs. Umpires are conceited, arrogant, drunks that could care less. Use instant replay and show just how bad these baffoons are.

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