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Umpire Randy Marsh apologizes to Jim Leyland

Feb 16, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

Inge Marsh.jpgYou’ll recall the little controversy in the 12th inning of Game 163 between the Twins and Tigers last year? The one in which home plate umpire Randy Marsh missed the fact that Brandon Inge got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded that would have given the Tigers at least a one-run lead and, possibly, the division title?  Well, Marsh lived with it for a few weeks after the season but then he unburdened his conscience:

Not that it does much good now, but they got it wrong — and they know it.

In an interview last Friday before a charity roast for Don Zimmer in Connecticut, Jim Leyland said he got a call from umpire Randy Marsh “three weeks into the offseason” to apologize
for missing the one-out pitch with the bases loaded that hit Brandon
Inge in the playoff game against Minnesota.

I suppose the first impulse of a Tigers fan would be to moan and complain about this.  The second impulse, however, should be to reflect on the facts that (a) the Tigers were still unable to get a run home from third with one out; and (b) they wouldn’t have even been in the game if they hadn’t blown a seven game lead in September in the first place.

But hey, apology accepted.

  1. Mike Kocis - Feb 16, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    I wonder if Marsh ever apologized to Leyland for the horrendously tight strike zone (can you say Damon Berryhill?)in the 1992 NLCS? Cabrera/Bream should never have happened. What does he have against Leyland? The Pirates, by the way, haven’t had a winning record since.

  2. okobojicat - Feb 16, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    How about saying “good on ya” to Marsh? That’s a classy thing to do.

  3. Joe - Feb 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    When is Brandon Inge going to apologize for wearing a snuggie for a uniform? You could fit at least 3 Inges in that thing.

  4. Coby - Feb 16, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Why was Inge wearing Cecil Fielder’s jersey anyway?

  5. Coby - Feb 16, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Why was Inge wearing Cecil Fielder jersey anyway?

  6. Conor - Feb 16, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    I, for one, and very glad March DIDN’T award Inge a base. I hate the rule that allows a player to take a base because the ball nips his clothing and I hate even more the idea that a trip to the playoffs could ride on such a ridiculous rule. Man up and hit the ball!

  7. Anon - Feb 16, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Very nice. Ignore the rules when you don’t agree with them.

  8. Union - Feb 16, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    They really should make a rule about jersey sizes. Inge is not the only player I’ve seen make use of a big jersey to get on base. I will say this though, this is just another case of horrible officiating during last years playoff. Maybe we should start to fine umpires for bad calls to make them actually more accountable.

  9. TwinsFan - Feb 17, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    This will have meaning when Phil Cuzzi apologizes to the Twins for missing Mauer’s fair ball in Game 1 against the Yankees.
    Not that I’m bitter at Cuzzi or anything given that his only job was to watch the left-field foul line and he managed to miss the call anyway.

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