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The Rays got hosed on a call at the plate last night

Jun 17, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

I missed the Braves-Rays game last night so I didn’t see this go down, but the Rays got boned in the sixth inning.  You can see the play here.

For those who can’t watch the video, Hank Blalock was at third base when Brian McCann missed one that went to the screen. It took a fortuitous bounce so there was a play at the plate. Close, but not all that close, really: Blalock’s leg came in under the tag.  Except he was called out by home plate umpire Paul Emmel. Even the Braves’ announcers knew it was a bad call before the replays.

For what it’s worth, a replay review of that call would have taken less time than Joe Maddon’s argument did.  Why aren’t we doing this again?

  1. Luke - Jun 17, 2010 at 12:51 PM


  2. Luke - Jun 17, 2010 at 12:52 PM


  3. JBerardi - Jun 17, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    A replay review of that call would have taken less time than Joe Maddon’s argument did.

    It’s the human element, Craig. What would baseball be without grown (frequently elderly) men throwing tantrums like petulant children to no clear effect? Getting the calls right in a timely fashion would be so boring.

  4. walk - Jun 17, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    You should go back and see calls the home plate ump made on check swings. I believe it was prado batting, he didnt even swing at a poor offering other than starting forward with his upper body minus bat and he got called for a swinging strike. The strike zone for both sides was horrible, i wouldnt be surprised if that ump goes on their version of disabled list and it would turn out he had pink eye or something.

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