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C.B. Bucknor approves of his ridiculous call

Sep 25, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

Our own Bill Baer has the GIF from the seventh inning of Wednesday’s Marlins-Phillies game. Christian Yelich hit a little squibber down the first base line and then this happened:

That’s C.B. Bucknor with the bobblehead impression and blown call. Cesar Jimenez might have touched Yelich with his bare hand, but that hardly matters when the ball is in his glove (which he showed to Bucknor as proof of, well, something).

  1. flamethrower101 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    And now stay tuned for part 2 where he pulls an Angel Hernandez and forbids the media from recording his interview…if he allows one.

    Gee, I wonder what’s taking so long the committee Bud Selig implemented to look into this sort of crap.

  2. chill1184 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Wow just wow big umpire fail

  3. drewsylvania - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    At this point I think MLB is interested in keeping this guy employed for some reason that has nothing to do with job performance.

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      You know what? We should really ask Bud Selig about this. Oh wait, I forgot. He’s implemented some sort of committee to look into them. Funny, I could’ve sworn I ran into them at McDonald’s earlier today…

    • dondada10 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Are you implying that Bucknor has a job because of his race? If so, you’re wrong. The white and Hispanic umps also suck and they don’t get fired, either.

      • flamethrower101 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        If you’re talking to me, no. I’m implying MLB has completely failed in its efforts (or lack thereof) to determine which umps deserve to remain employed and which umps need to be disciplined.

        Bad calls happen, but that was an outright pimp job. And he got it wrong too.

      • sabatimus - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        Wow, that’s a lot to read into the OP’s comment.

      • dondada10 - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        I wasn’t, FT.

      • brewcrewchamps - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        I took it as they keep him around because of his stylish calls….everything doesn’t necessarily have to be race related

      • Walk - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

        I thought he was implying cb had some blackmail info on selig.

      • skids003 - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        Every year he’s voted worst by far by the players and managers. It’s obvious he is. Why is he still employed, mr dondada. Why?

      • largebill - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        I may have miss read his post but I didn’t get he was implying race as reason. My thought was it was a jab at inability to fire union employees when appropriate.

      • 12strikes - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        dondada10 – Doing his (her) part to keep racism going one more day.

      • yahmule - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Don’t be purposefully vague when you know people can easily interpret things in an inflammatory way or be prepared to hear someone asking for clarification. Dondada didn’t call anybody a racist. He asked if that was the reason for the comment. Since the OP has declined to respond, everybody getting all anxious right now should try to relax.

    • nicksmyson - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      CB Bucknor Sucks, PERIOD DOT …. Time and again I watch ball games in which this inept umpire blows calls. In games where he’s behind the plate, a consistent strike zone is nonexistent.

      MLB must have some type of “Affirmative Action” policy in place or some other agreement with the umpire’s union. Why else would CB Bucknor still have his job? Nothing personal against the guy. I’m sure he’s a great guy and a decent human being. But as far as umpiring, he’s simply horrible and should resign or be fired.

      In response to the comment that “white & Hispanic umpires” who suck don’t get fired either. Here’s my reponse. NO OTHER UMPIRE IS AS BAD AS BUCKNOR!!! On a suckiness scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst, the bad umpires might score a 7 or 8 but Bucknor is setting the bar at 10. The players agree as well!!!

      • nicksmyson - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        “Affirmative Action” is a real policy implemented by schools & corporations. We all know it. And while some support it, I believe IT IS RACISM because people are acquiring and retaining positions in society not on the merrit of performance but whether you fit into some quota. I just don’t believe it’s right and have to assume it’s in place here with MLB & The Umpire’s Union.

  4. josemartez - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    That has got to be the most pumped up I’ve seen a pitcher for getting a Marlin out this year.

    • moogro - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Or an umpire.

  5. sabatimus - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    I swear to god, Bucknor got into this league to troll the players and coaches. That can be the only expectation, except for sheer stupidity.

  6. chasemutley - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Look at my boy Chase selling that terrible call.

  7. happytwinsfan - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    dude had a brain freeze and blew the call. part of the unique charm of baseball.

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      But it looks bad because of the head nod. That indicates smugness. Hopefully MLB does something about it. OH wait, they don’t give a ****. Nevermind.

      • happytwinsfan - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        i’m thinking that the head nod was a continuation of the brain freeze, but i could be wrong. we don’t really want to kill the ump do we?

      • happytwinsfan - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        but i’ll admit jokes about the ump’s heritage or eyesight are plenty of fun

      • moogro - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        He was rocking to his ipod.

  8. drewsylvania - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    When was the last time ANY MLB ump was fired?

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      Probably was long before Selig’s time. Probably somewhere in the 70’s (1870’s)

    • crackersnap - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      Actually, just recently. July 2012. Brad Runge. Drug abuse.

      Umpires are only allowed to be asshats, fools & knuckleheads if they are sober.

    • jwbiii - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      There was the umpire’s union brouhaha in 1999, but that wasn’t about incompetence.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_Major_League_Umpires_Association_mass_resignation

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:06 AM

        True, but it did involve Richie Phillips incompetence!

  9. crackersnap - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Meanwhile, let us acknowledge the time honored brotherhood of umpire wagon circling at play here.

    God forbid that any of the other three umpires hired to judge this contest step forward and correct the call such that the game may proceed, fairly played with the most accurate outcome possible. Noooo. Bucknor made a call, ANY CALL, and that is all that matters. Every other ump else exists merely to support the guy making the call, not the call itself. And no way in hell they actually care about the contest at hand.

  10. mmason0071 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    The umpire doesn’t look like like he called it because of this, but the runner should have been out for running out of the baseline to avoid the guy who picked up the ball.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      I watched the game – and that is exactly what I thought at first too. But watch again and look exlusively at Bucknor. He never really looks at the runner, he looks at Jimenez the whole way, and then even waits to see if Jimenez still has the ball in his glove

  11. jdillydawg - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Dude, you gotta give Jimenez and his teammates props for selling that. I’ve watched it 10 times already and even though I see exactly what he did, he sells that thing like a used car. Like butta!

    Not only that, but the second baseman is right in the ump’s line of sight, making it all the easier to sell – and the second baseman does a nice assist job.

    Bad call? Probably. Understandable? Absolutely.

    • yahmule - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      This is the only valid excuse I can give Bucknor. He was screened by the second baseman, who ran right through his field of view, so you really can’t jam on him for being out of position, either.

      The head nodding, which can surely be perceived as arrogance or showboating, could also be interpreted as the umpire wanting to be emphatic on a close play, which 100% of umpires are trained to do from day one.

      One big problem baseball has is the reluctance of umpires to overrule one another if they happen to have a superior angle. Baseball players and fans would lose their minds en masse to see Blue huddle up and then emerge with a safe or out call. I think some of that will be a gradual outgrowth of expanded replay and it won’t necessarily be a bad thing. Except for the increased verbal abuse umpires will hear from the stands until people adapt their expectations.

  12. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    He looked like he was going to do a little Michael Jackson dance there.

    And seriously, do people still wear those fucking plastic yellow bracelets? Does it match his leg-warmers?

  13. bigjimatch - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    The only job this guy is qualified for is sucking farts out of bus seats.

  14. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    I would love to see him ring up Brian McCann in such emphatic fashion. There would have been a Braves-Umpires brawl on the first base line. Brian McCann is the Robocop of professional understatedness and decorum.

    • bh192012 - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      I almost blew my eyeballs out of my face trying not to LOL at my desk. Thanks.

  15. shaggylocks - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    How is that a blown call? He was totally out. The fielder does not have to touch the runner with the ball, he just needs to make the tag while in possession of the ball. Tagging him with his bare hand while holding the ball in his glove (or vice versa) is still a legal out. I remember reading a scenario almost exactly like this in a baseball trivia book recently.

    • yahmule - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Incorrect. Look up the definition for TAG in the Official Rules.

      Rule 2.00 states:

      “A TAG is the action of a fielder in touching a base with his body while holding the
      ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove; or touching a runner with the ball, or with his hand or glove holding the ball, while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or
      glove. It is not a tag, however, if simultaneously or immediately following his touching a
      base or touching a runner, the fielder drops the ball. In establishing the validity of the tag,
      the fielder shall hold the ball long enough to prove that he has complete control of the ball.
      If the fielder has made a tag and drops the ball while in the act of making a throw following the tag, the tag shall be adjudged to have been made.”

      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/downloads/y2013/official_baseball_rules.pdf

      • yahmule - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        Plus, it even looked like Jimenez whiffed with the meat hand.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Dude, you’re thinking of touching the bag, not the runner.

      • shaggylocks - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        You know, I have to admit, I read this bit of trivia when I was a kid, so either the rule has changed or I’m completely misremembering it.

        But I’ve been holding onto this piece of baseball trivia for decades, waiting for an opportunity to use it, and when the time finally comes, I’m wrong! Oh the horrible, horrible irony!

  16. rrsm53 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    hellen keller could have made a better call and she is blind. Pathetic……………………

  17. toddnnc - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    CB Bucknor and Angel Hernandez do much worse than this call at first, year after year and they still have jobs, no race, no nothing but they are awful at their jobs period

  18. nicksmyson - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    CB Bucknor Sucks, PERIOD DOT …. Time and again I watch ball games in which this inept umpire blows calls. In games where he’s behind the plate, a consistent strike zone is nonexistent.

    MLB must have some type of “Affirmative Action” policy in place or some other agreement with the umpire’s union. Why else would CB Bucknor still have his job? Nothing personal against the guy. I’m sure he’s a great guy and a decent human being. But as far as umpiring, he’s simply horrible and should resign or be fired.

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