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The umpires in the Mets-Braves game are having a tough inning

Jul 14, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

Terry Collins AP

And what a surprise…. it’s Dan Iassogna’s motley crew.

In the top of the fifth today in the game between the Mets and Braves in Atlanta, C.B. Bucknor missed a very obvious play at first base, calling the Mets’ Jordany Valdespin out on his attempt for a bunt single. It wasn’t even a bang-bang play; Valdespin touched the bag well ahead of the throw.

Then things got ugly in the bottom of the inning, as second base umpire Bill Miller (safe) and third base ump Dale Scott (out) made conflicting calls on Jason Heyward‘s blooper to left with Martin Prado on first. The ball was clearly played on one hop by Valdespin, but Prado, seeing Scott’s call, started to retreat back to first having already touched second. The throw came back in with Prado still trotting back towards first, and Ike Davis tagged him, causing much confusion over whether there should be none, one or two outs in the play.

The umpires huddled after that one and did get it right; Heyward was credited with a hit and Prado was put back on second base, much to Mets manager Terry Collins’ chagrin. Collins, who was already out to argue in the top of the inning, got tossed after coming back out to dispute the decision.

  1. dondada10 - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:50 PM


    • Kevin S. - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:38 PM


    • paperlions - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      I actually don’t want robots, but replay on easy to get right calls would be nice….and better yet, umpire accountability with earlier retirement ages.

      • rmfp1978 - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:42 PM

        I actually agree with you on this 1

  2. randygnyc - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    And dickey performed poorly, giving up 5 in five innings of subpar work. The bloom is of the rose. Fluke*

    • js20011041 - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      If you’re going to trash a guy, at the very least get the phrase right. Proofread*

    • keithbangedyermom - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      Typical Yankee fan.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:39 PM

        No, not a typical Yankee fan. Most Yankee fans, both on this board and in general, have nothing but respect for Dickey. Randy is a jackass.

      • Jeremy T - Jul 15, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        Typical any-other-team fan, lumping us all together with the worst of us.

    • tsi4431 - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      Actually if you watched the game, Daniel Murphy made an error at 1st that accounted for the first 3 runs. But due to hometown scoring, it was called a base hit.

  3. townballblog - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Dear Mr. Commissioner: Exhibit 236,785 in support of instant replay.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Dear town: But thousands of fans paid for tickets to this game, proving that you are the only person in the world who wants to destroy baseball by expanding replay and trying to get more calls correct.
      Bud Light

      • Kevin S. - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        In Atlanta (!), no less.

      • bravojawja - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:47 PM

        What the hell is that supposed to mean?

  4. jasoncollette - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    C.B. Bucknor made a bad call? What is this…a day that ends in y?

  5. sabatimus - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    These morons should be shipped to the NBA, where they’d be the best refs in the league.

    • dondada10 - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      According to Bud Selig, that would boost attendance in the NBA.

    • chill1184 - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      Wasn’t in the NBA that a ref got fired because he got caught gambling on games?

  6. tsi4431 - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    I would of had no problem with the call if they would have called Prado out. He clearly went back to first and got tagged out in between bases. If he stayed on 2nd, then I would be fine with him being called safe.

  7. plmathfoto - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    How in the world is it right to return Prado to second base?

  8. onbucky96 - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Ah, the “human element” strikes again. Remember, umpires are always right. The sooner we all realize this, the better off we’ll all be.

  9. maximusprime107 - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    Keep running yourselves out of jobs, umps

  10. ermur22 - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Pathetic umpiring all around. Are they held accountable at all????

  11. ermur22 - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Also Collins was hysterical during that argument

  12. steve7921 - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Find openings in the Korean or the Taiwainese Pro Leagues for CB Bucknor, Joe West and Bob Davidson…..a much better option than replay!!!

    • lburgscott66 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Couldn’t agree more Steve. Those three, along with Laz Diaz, represent incompetence at an extraordinary level. What makes it worse is West and Davidson are azz holes.

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