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Wilson Ramos drew a five-ball walk on Friday, somehow

May 31, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was shorted a ball by home plate umpire Scott Barry in his plate appearance leading off bottom of the sixth inning against the Rangers last night, but still ended up working a walk against starter Colby Lewis.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the details:

Ramos took a ball on a 2-2 pitch. Home plate umpire Scott Barry, according to Ramos, declared the count 3-2. Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez turned and asked, “Isn’t it 2-2?”

“Yeah, Barry replied. “2-2.”

“It’s not 3-2?” Ramos asked Barry.

“No, it’s 2-2,” Barry said.

Ramos shrugged and went back to the at-bat.

“I said in my mind, ‘That’s three balls,’ ” Ramos said. “That’s okay. Five balls. I’ll take it.”

The more astute among us may remember Barry as the umpire who picked a right with and then ejected Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard in the 14th inning of a game against the Astros. Barry’s decision to eject Howard forced the Phillies to, memorably, send pitcher Roy Oswalt out to left field.

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  1. emdash01 - May 31, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    There was another oddity in the Nats-Rangers game earlier today – in the fourth inning when Fister pitched to Andrus, the 1-0 pitch was called a strike. But then the Rangers dugout seemingly said something to the umpire and he signaled that it was instead a ball and the count was changed to 2-0. I’d never seen an umpire change his mind about a ball-strike call in my life.

    • pkers - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      It was Laz Diaz. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/umpire-changes-strike-call-irks-rangers?ymd=20140531&content_id=77688230&vkey=news_mlb

    • Senor Cardgage - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Looking at the replay it’s like he changed his mind while his arm was still in midair.

  2. myleschristiancopeland - May 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Reblogged this on Around The Base.

  3. mustbechris - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Scott Barry is a peckerhead

    • mmeyer3387 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:16 AM

      Maybe he is just human like the rest of us and makes mistakes once in a while. By the way, I would not be surprised if this has happened before. Baseball has a long history.

      • infieldhit - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:53 AM

        You don’t have to go back that far. A similar case happened about a month ago.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        Agreed. But this is why fans of other sports make fun of baseball, and I get tired of defending something that is so easily fixed. Why, in two thousand and freaking fourteen, are we relying on the memory of a human to know what the count is? That would be like the NFL only knowing what down it is by the head ref holding fingers above his head. There is no nobility in the rejection of technology.

  4. stoutfiles - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    It’s crazy how much MLB umps get paid for a plate ump to not know the count and for his three base umps to not correct him. What a joke.

    • dan1111 - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      The human element…

    • blacksables - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:22 AM

      It’s crazy how much a major league team pays a manager and coaching staff to not be able to keep track of the count, and come and question it if it’s wrong.

      • dan1111 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:41 AM

        That is true also, though it doesn’t negate stoutfiles’s point.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:24 AM

        Black: And then have some egocentric ump toss the mgr for thinking he was arguing balls and strikes? No, that would never happen.

      • blacksables - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:41 AM

        No, it wouldn’t. Managers are allowed to ask questions, and get clarification on any issue that happens.

        Asking for clarification is much different than arguing something that is a rule book ejection.

        Again, actual knowledge of the game is important, not just guessing at things you think you know.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        Good golly Black, having seen dozens of games every year since the 1960s, I’ve seen numerous instances of umpires ejecting managers and players for no justifiable reason. It should not happen, but it most assuredly does.

      • blacksables - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        Good golly, I’ve watched dozens of games a years since the early 70’s, and seen hundreds of examples of managers, coaches, and players being complete dicks and ignoring the rule book, and arguing things they are not allowed to argue.

        Which then leads to a rule book ejection.

        Why do you always automatically blame the umpires without blaming the others also?

        What is so hard to understand the rule book, which coincidentally, is written out for all the world to see if only they would read it?

  5. nottinghamforest13 - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    So many typos, so little time.

    • madhatternalice - Jun 1, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      I just want to know which right the ump picked before tossing Ryan Howard. Was it free speech? Everyone seems to be getting that wrong nowadays.

  6. steve7921 - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Angel Hernandez watched the replay and confirmed that he walked on only 4 balls!!

  7. nbjays - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    After the original 3-2 count, Chris Gimenez wiggled his fingers at Barry and was heard to mutter “This is not the count you’re looking for.”

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