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Brewers win on horrendous call by umpire Mike Estabrook

Jun 1, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

Brewers @ Phillies June 1 2013

The Brewers defeated the Phillies today 4-3, thanks in large part to a horrendous call by second base umpire Mike Estabrook in the bottom of the ninth inning. Down 4-2 initially, Freddy Galvis homered to lead off the ninth against Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez. Pinch-hitter Jimmy Rollins, who was not in the lineup due to a sore right foot, followed up with a single. Pitcher Kyle Kendrick pinch-ran for Rollins and was moved up to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Ben Revere. With Cesar Hernandez batting, Rodriguez wheeled and fired back to second base, covered by shortstop Jean Segura.

Watch the play unfold in this .gif:

Good thing there isn’t any technology available which would have allowed the correct call to be made.

On the very next pitch, Hernandez doubled to right field, which would have scored Kendrick. Rodriguez then intentionally walked Domonic Brown to face the much-less threatening Michael Martinez, who feebly grounded out to Segura at shortstop to end the comeback attempt.

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  1. puckmepuckyou - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Human element , agree. Umpire in right position, disagree. Replay for homers , fan interference , and World Series would be ideal.

  2. baseballer28 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    piece of shit should be fired immediately…that is a sad excuse for an MLB umpire, I saw it happen and i was sittiing 20 some rows back behind 1st base, that could have ended up being a ninth inning rally that this team needs badly to get going. piece of shit asshole, he get atleast a fine and suspension. little league umps position themselves better, and I notice friday night the same ump (estabrook) was constantly out of position also in that game, standing in the infield dirt at one point. I could do that job better.

  3. mungman69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    The Phillies have been hard to watch for three years now. They were so bad in the field and on the base paths yesterday they looked a lot like a beer league team.

  4. unclearnie - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    I am firmly in the “we have the technoloy, lets use it camp”, but what really bothers me is something else entirely. Many in our society hold up baseball players as role models. I know as a kid, I wanted to be just like Stan Musial – yes, I am old. Truthfulness is supposed to be a virtue, yet Segura, by holding up the ball for the umpire, knowingly lies. What are we teaching our children: “Don’t lie, unless it benefits you in some way”?

    • commenter - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      if you want to see pro athletes lie watch the nba sometimes

      • unclearnie - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Actually, I would prefer it if they didn’t lie…

  5. hitdog042 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    The entire replay thing is stupid. Baseball games take long enough. We can’t have them reviewing every single play. The only way to allow something like this is to give each team 1 replay review per game (outside of the current HR replays which remain automatic). Other than that forget it. Use it and win, you get a 2nd. Similar to NFL.

    • wretchu - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Actually we CAN have them reviewing every single play, but the catch is you need to run it as a system closer to the NHL than the NFL one. In hockey, the on-ice refs do NOT watch the video, nor do they make the determination as to whether a call is correct or it needs to be changed; that decision is made by a dedicated replay official (who happens to be in a central “war room” in Toronto, but it could be done that there’s one in every stadium too) who can constantly watch plays and make the determination whether a play needs to be looked at more closely or not. If he determines immediately that the right call was made, there’s no need to stop play.

      And don’t tell me that that would take too long, because it wouldn’t. Even at home, you as a viewer can normally tell within a few seconds whether the right or wrong call was made just by watching the TV feed on the majority of plays, and maybe one or two plays a game it takes multiple viewings on several different angles to determine what the right call was, so in the end you’d maybe add a few minutes to each game, and that’s a pretty big maybe because keep in mind that while doing the replay this way, you 1) make the replays themselves faster because you’re not waiting for an ump to run off the field and watch the replay and 2) you’re taking manager arguments out of the issue too.

  6. buccobrigade - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Who cares the Brewers and Phillies suck anyway

  7. bills4 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    MLB, what a disaster!! This league is now becoming a punch line!!

  8. colbycal1383 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Baseball is a joke when it comes to these calls

  9. grnthghs - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Agreed obvious bad call, but from the umps viewpoint he couldn’t see the ball come out and those you live with. I am a stalwart Phillies fan too, but even I could see the ump couldn’t see from that angle. One needs to rationale in these things. However, sometimes the calls are bleeding obviously bad. My pet peeve are balls and strikes bad calls at the plate that change so much of the garme. Sometimes I wish they would just go to the camera at the plate instead, but I know that would ruing the human element. You know the blind umps and all and the old argue with them getting managers kicked out which is all part of the game.

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