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Umpire admits blowing call Friday in Tigers-Braves game

Jun 27, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

The Tigers were on the short end of yet another awful call this weekend.

Yet another umpire has acknowledged blowing a call against the Tigers.

Manager Jim Leyland said Sunday that home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom admitted making an error just hours after ringing up Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon on a called third strike Friday.  The error spoiled a bases-loaded opportunity in the ninth inning as Detroit fell to the NL East-leading Braves. 

The Peter Moylan pitch was clearly outside, and Cederstrom recognized that in a chat on the phone with Leyland late Friday night.

“I kicked it,” the ump told Leyland.  “I knew it right away.”

Tigers starter Armando Galarraga had a perfect game stripped from his grasp in early June when umpire Jim Joyce blew a close call at the first base bag on what would have been the 27th and final out.  But, hey, at least the Tigers won that game.

Cederstrom made the controversial call Friday in a bases-loaded, full count situation, and with the Tigers trailing the Braves 4-3.  A walk would have tied the game.  These mistakes will continue to happen, of course, until Major League Baseball decides to expand its use of instant replay.

  1. owine - Jun 27, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    I like the trend of umpires admitting mistakes. Hopefully this is something that came down from MLB. FIFA could take note.

  2. Joboo - Jun 27, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Do you really ever think there will be instant replay for strike three? I’m a big proponent of technology-assisted officiating, but that’s just stupid.
    If anything, we need to let the umpires have real-time access to the pitch tracking data to assist their calls.

  3. schiebs - Jun 27, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    This umpire, ref, official, whatever you want to call it, joke is getting out of hand. Is it just me or does it seem like it is worse now than anytime before. I know replay has a lot to do with it, but how long have we had replay? Baseball umps are a joke, soccer refs are a joke with that whole World Cup fiasco. Something needs to be done. I am tired of seeing games decided by crappy officiating. Is there something the fans can do?

  4. walk - Jun 27, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Title on this story is a bit misleading. While it was a horrible call i dont see umpire admitting he blew the call, i do see leyland saying ump missed it, and i believe that may get him a fine.

  5. Eric Cioe - Jun 27, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    From the article: “I kicked it,” the ump told Leyland. “I knew it right away.” If that’s not admitting to blowing a call, I don’t know what is.

  6. nps6724 - Jun 27, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Really, he blew multiple calls because the bases would’ve never been loaded had he not called every outside-corner pitch a ball. Saito and O’Flaherty were both squeezed a good bit. If he made a few calls correct before Damon is even on deck, then the Damon call would be a non-issue.

  7. walk - Jun 28, 2010 at 12:32 AM

    Exactly, he said she said thing, also known as hearsay, author is using someone with a personal stake in the story and not a neutral source. I believe mr leyland, however the umpire didnt contact media about this issue as far as i know. Again the author is hanging himself out in the open with this title, more properly titled he could cover himslef a bit with something like “Leyland says umpire admits mistake.” This is just my opinion but i did find the title to be misleading after reading the story. Mlb has taken a dim view of managers calling umpires out in the media in the past. Again it was a bad call, i have no reason not to believe he said he missed the call,but no where in the article, other than leyland saying he said he blew the call, is anything said by the umpire himself on the subject. The ump can deny this and it leaves Leyland hung out to dry. Baseball tonight had a great piece on it showing the viewer what could be seen from the umpire’s view, i found it very educational, and i view the close calls differently now knowing how hard it is for them to see from the slot .

  8. bbeer - Jun 28, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    The lovefest for instant replay has to goo. I doubt youre a serious baseball fan if you want to use instant replay on a call like that.

  9. James - Jun 28, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Yeah, only casual fans want the calls to be correct so the most important aspect determining the outcome of the games is the players not the umpires.

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