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Umpire Bob Davidson botched one in Philly last night

Jun 5, 2013, 9:46 AM EDT

Bob Davidson has a history with the Phillies. Last year he received a rare one-game suspension from Major League Baseball after he got into an F-bombfull argument with Charlie Manuel. An argument that was started because Davidson himself got in the way of a play to the Phillies’ detriment.

So you can imagine he was not so well-received by the Phaithful last night when he botched a call at second base. Ben Revere was in first, Michael Young was at the plate and put the ball into play. Revere slid into second base head first on what appeared to be a totally clean slide, breaking up the double play. Here it is, courtesy of our buddy Bill at Crashburn Alley:


Revere is on the bag. Yes, he is clearly trying to break up the second baseman’s rhythm, but that always happens. Except in this case Davidson ruled that Revere interfered and, subsequently, the double play was awarded to the White Sox. Which is frankly crazy because interference is never called when a runner is still on the base. Hell, it’s never called as long as he’s within arm’s reach of it. Sometimes it’s never called when the runner is two or three feet from the bag. And in this case Revere didn’t appear to even touch the second baseman at all.

What was he even seeing here?

  1. jargon1682 - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    He got another call wrong later in the game, calling Rollins out on a steal. That one was at least a very close play, but you could see on replay he beat the tag.

    • dakotaandotter - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      I didn’t think he best the tag but when they showed the replay from a different angle it looked like he was never tagged period. But yes, it was a very close play. The other call was just dreadful.

  2. tridecagon - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    The Mt. Rushmore of terrible umpires:

    Bob Davidson, Phil Cuzzi, Angel Hernandez, Joe West

  3. dakotaandotter - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Bob Davidson is an arrogant fool of an umpire who needs to be fired immediately. I watched the game and even the head of this umpire crew spoke to him between innings. You know the play is going to be seen on replay so you know for sure Davidson was asked if he was sure. Just a horrible call that fortunately turned out to have no effect on the outcome of the game.

  4. smillermarlins - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Stop insulting Chicago, the Phils were playing the MARLINS not the White Sox! Personally I can’t stand Davidson, it constantly appears that he is looking for trouble.

  5. phillyphannn83 - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    On the Phillies broadcast, they showed the play from the 3rd base angle(Davidson had the same angle) and it was plain as day that no interference happened. So you two MORONS who are trying t defend him because “he’s human and humans make mistakes,” NO! He was wrong and he’s paid ALOT of money NOT to be wrong. Its unacceptable, especially when the call could have been overturned by a 5th official in the booth almost instantaneously. It doesnt take “minutes” as you idiots have alluded to.

    • grumpyoleman - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Actually MORON he is closer to being lined up with the mound than he is with third base. It would take minutes you idiot because it would be over analyzed and played back and slowed down a couple of times but nice try.

  6. phillyphannn83 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Hahahaha you need to get your eyes checked old man. The ump is one step away from being in the base path between 2nd and 3rd. He’s about 5 steps from being in line with the pitchers mound. Not every play is difficult to decipher and figure out. This call would have been extremely quick and easy to overturn, as we had the slowed-down replay you spoke of in less than a minute on the national broadcast. Keep trying.

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