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We know Hunter Wendelstedt was bad last night, but how bad was he?

Oct 8, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

Pretty darn bad!  Jeff Passan — citing Brooks Baseball’s chart of last night’s game — notes that Wendelstedt missed 31 ball-strike calls on Thursday. In the two other games, the umps missed 21 calls combined. Passan nails it:


This is not normal. It is not close. In the Atlanta-San Francisco game
Thursday, Dana DeMuth missed nine calls. With Texas-Tampa Bay, Jim Wolf
was wrong 12 times. Both were reasonable. Both, too, are a good umpires . . . This is a matter of integrity. Umpires, as Yankees manager Joe Girardi
said, “aren’t robots, and they don’t have X-ray vision.” They must,
however, live up to a high standard, and those who don’t ought be
jettisoned.

Thinking so is not just a Twins fan whine (or, on basepath calls, a Braves fan whine). The Yankees were victimized just as badly if not worse by the zone than the Twins were.

Some may argue that “hey, it all evens out,” but that’s not satisfying to me. Bad calls extend games for pitchers and force managers to and players to work around them in ways that lead to all kinds of unexpected and uncertain outcomes. The fact that the victim of bad calls on Monday may be the beneficiary on Wednesday is cold comfort.

  1. maninblack59 - Oct 9, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    i agree, take a look at some of the strikes he called that were balls when the twins were batting, they tried to give it to them “twins” but the yanks pulled it off they no they have to beat some umps along with the team they are playing

  2. -z- - Oct 9, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    It’s not a video game.

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