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MJH on accountability
7.09It is interference by a batter or a runner when --(g) In the judgment of the umpire, the base coach at third base, or first base, by touching or holding the runner, physically assists him in returning to or leaving third base or first base.
Marquez was shown on replay to be looking away at the moment of the "touch", then clearly signals with a demonstrative "pushing" gesture. He did not mime the touch that actually happened. It seems he believes he saw a push out of the corner of his eye. The call never should have been made, and having been made, the crew should have overturned it.
Funny thing: It doesn't really matter what an umpire sees. The only thing that matters is what he thinks he sees.
Are you serious, Joey? If that's the case, that's fuc*ing retarded.
Perception is reality, Esco.
It was a terrible call on which to end a game. i hope the Rangers use this as a motivation to improve their efforts in Sept. Maybe, put a burr under their saddle.
Is there actually some kind of training school for umpires? If so have they cancelled classes for the past several seasons? This year and last year the calls of umpires have simply been atrocious and umpires in Little League do a better job! When will someone hold MLB Umpires accountable for their decisions............ego is the most dominant thing with these men! They must be reeled in and held accountable..........until Selig goes this won't happen though.
Both Marques and Tscida should be fired. They didn't know the rule. Of course, there is exactly zero reason to think they will be held responsible. Bud doesn't roll like that. He'll probably give them bonuses.
Try messing with the umpire's union. You lose.Bud ain't doing crap, but there's not much he can do without getting shit from unions. Least powerful commissioner out there. Nuf said.
Maybe baseball needs legendary umpire disciplinarian Sandy Alderson back in his old seat. He was apparently disliked, but he demanded accountability and actively sought out ways to improve the output of the people he was charged with supervising.
I was at the game on Sunday and was very confused by what had happened. I originally thought that the third-base umpire was just awful and he called Michael Young out on the tag. However, when I saw him pointing, I distinctly remember myself thinking "WTF is he doing?" Frankly, I had no idea any more as to what had happened. I didn't notice any actual contact after Young had rounded third. I could tell that they were really close to each other, but it's not like Anderson gave any kind of a noticable boost.
The thing that got me the most, though, is the fact that Marquez appeared to be looking away when it happened. Coming from a person who has experience as an umpire (nothing big, mind you), I would have liked to see the umpires conference with each other and sort out what actually had occured. The key for an umpire crew is to get the call right, even if takes a couple minutes of discussion and incurring the wrath of the home crowd.
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