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Blown call looms large in seventh inning of Game 163

Sep 30, 2013, 10:37 PM EST

leonys martin trap

Are we sure that expanded instant replay has to wait until 2014?

The Rangers were the beneficiary of a blown call in the top of the seventh inning, as a fly ball off the bat of Delmon Young was ruled as an inning-ending catch while Leonys Martin clearly trapped the ball on the dive. It would have resulted in the Rays taking a 5-2 lead, but instead the score remains 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

The most amazing part is that due to the importance of tonight’s game, MLB had six umpires on duty as opposed the standard four for a regular season game. Just brutal.

You can watch the video of the blown call below.

  1. hojo20 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    If it was overturned on replay, where would’ve they put Longoria? 2nd or 3rd base? I would think Myers would’ve scored from 2nd regardless.

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      I don’t understand how MLB can use that as an excuse to have waited this long for replay. The point is to get the call right!! With 6 umps in game 163 (by the way why are they using postseason ump arrangement and sept. roster rules?) with so much on the line, that cannot happen.

      And the worst part of it all will be the denial from the umps after the game. I’ll tell you nothing makes me more sick than when an ump vehemently denies a bad call even when it is so plainly obvious.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        His question is still valid though. I’m for as much replay as possible, but that’s something that needs to be solved for.

      • sabatimus - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        I totally get the 6 umps thing. This is NOT a postseason game, this is Game 163. Even TBS, before the game started, had on the screen “MLB Postseason begins *tomorrow night* [my emphasis] on TBS”.

      • jdillydawg - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        Without that call, that game would have been over long before the 9th inning. Give the umps some props for keeping the game interesting.

    • eric3287 - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      I think in a situation with runners on base, the MOST fair thing to do is give everyone one base. In this case that means Meyers doesn’t score (even though there is a very high probability he would have). I just think the fewer judgement calls umpires have to make the better it will be. If, for instance, Molina was running I wouldn’t want the umpires to have to judge whether he would have scored or not. Just give one base to everyone. Conversely, if the ball is ruled trapped, but actually caught, I don’t want the umpires judging whether a player on base would have been doubled up after the fact. After all, if you’re Tampa Bay you’d rather have bases loaded 2 outs than the inning over. Hopefully baseball eventually fixes the replay so that all plays are automatically reviewed and umpires will slowly start to adjust and become more inclined to “let the play continue.” Maybe not to the extent of NFL refs who seemingly let every play continue and figure it’ll all get sorted out on review.

  2. moogro - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    The announcer recognition groan was priceless, but then, “cut to commercial!”

  3. gg206 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Garbage call..6 umpires and they miss a play like that.. Shameful.. I hope they rays dot lose by a run

  4. 18thstreet - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    I don’t understand why the LF umpire is making that call instead of the 2B ump. And why didn’t Maddon argue, and ask the umps to confer?

    Baseball doesn’t need replay; it needs better umps.

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Better yet it needs a commisioner who can actually recognize that the lack of umpire accountability is a problem. Too bad Selig is gonna be around unt- wait! You mean he’s retiring? He’s actually going to do it this time?

    • kardshark1 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Nobody is perfect, it needs replay. There is no downside, absolute none. So why not have it?

      • bendover09 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        Every radio / tv station has already notice and mention how wide kellog strike zone was for Price. The umpires had a plan the whole game and they stuck with it. Professional sports is nothing but professional crooks

  5. imnotyourbuddyguy - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    I like that the call was blown, because being reminded of human element trumps getting calls correct in big games.

    Nobody is perfect and we should be thankful for the reminder

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Which is why the argument for replay is strong. It should be designed to help umpires, not undermine them.

  6. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    didn’t matter Rays won….complete game by price what a game…good start to the playoffs PLAYOFFS BOYS WOOOOO

  7. 18thstreet - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Rays win. Now let us never speak of this again. Seriously.

  8. indaburg - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Thank goodness the play didn’t make a difference.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      Delmon Young in the playoffs again. smh

  9. provguard - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Did it make a difference in the outcome??? Yeah the ref missed it, but does it deserve this much attention?

    • provguard - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      hey doughhead, it was an ump as in umpire…

    • bendover09 - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:16 AM

      They give you this to talk about instead of the crappy behind the plate calling by Jeff kellog … Gotta love these websites .

      • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        I assume you are referring to his calls off the plate inside to righties. He was calling them that way for both teams all night long. As long as the ump is consistant, it’s up to the hitters to adjust. Yes, it’s a little frustrating, but some of those pitches are better than “Fox Trax” or whatever else gives them credit for, especially up and down. It only has to catch the front corner to be a strike, and a lot of those pitches were cutting in.

      • sabatimus - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        TBS’s version of Fox Trax or the Amica Pitch Zone or whatever was almost completely wrong last night. Pitches that were right down the middle were nearly off the plate, high strikes were out of the strike zone. Not to mention the fact that the strike zone is from the knees to the letters…which means it changes from batter to batter. Whereas none of these pitch zones do. It’s inherently flawed.

  10. glennsyank13 - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    How did the umpire not look at the ball in the glove and figure out that it was trapped? It was caught in the palm of the glove a dead give away.

  11. DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Trapped? How about One Hopper.

    That was insanely blown – my 22 inch TV had it clear as day in real time

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Sad thing was the TV announcer had the call correct live.

      • 18thstreet - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        The TV announcer had a better view.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        I know!! Not even any hesitiation! And he was about 300 feet further away than the ump

  12. sabatimus - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    This crap happens every single postseason. Blatant foul balls that were fair, the opposite, and now this: a completely obvious trap. With SIX umpires. Given that using six umps clearly doesn’t improve the quality of the umpiring, can’t they just use four and keep a fifth in a booth in front of an HD screen who can radio out that his on-field counterparts blew it?

  13. jdillydawg - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Given that this call had absolutely no impact on the final outcome of the game, why are we even talking about it? Instant replay is the worst thing to bring to baseball. Ever.

    We’re so freaking focused on perfection, we have completely lost sight of the fact that nothing in life is fair, that bad breaks happen, that people make mistakes, and nobody is perfect. I guarantee that no matter how many cameras you put in a field, there will still be people saying they got a call wrong.

    Well, as long as we all feel good that video makes things perfect and right, we’ll never have to face the adversity of a bad call going against us and stepping up to overcome it.

    Instant replay should be banned across all sports. It’s an absolutely ridiculous panacea that does nothing but provide a false sense of security and the belief that everything in life is fair – as long as it’s on tape.

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