Umpire Goofs Continue To Plague Baseball Playoffs

Joe Maddon arguing with umpire

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The Yankees and Rangers will both try to end their American League Division Series tonight, but it remains to be seen if they will get any help from the umpires–or if the men in blue will find some other way to screw things up.The calls have been so bad this October that MLB has agreed to a rare meeting between the league, umpires and members of the players association this December, in an effort to solve what has become the sport’s thorniest issue. Nearly every game this postseason has contained at least one controversial call, with several of them impacting the final score.

Last night’s NL games were not an improvement on the horrendous officiating that has continued to plaque the baseball playoffs. Braves manager Bobby Cox was ejected in the second inning against the Giants after his shortstop, Alex Gonzalez, was called out at first, even though the fielder had been pulled off the bag. He was thrown out by Paul Emmel, the same umpire who botched an earlier call that led to the only run scored in Game 1.

And in the Phillies-Reds game, Chase Utley reached on a hit by pitch–despite admitting later that the ball didn’t touch him–moved over on a disputed call at second, then scored on a error … when the inning should have already been over.

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