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Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:06 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Pirates president Frank Connelly has released a statement about the end of Tuesday night's Pirates-Braves game:

“The Pittsburgh Pirates organization is extremely disappointed by the way its 19-inning game against the Atlanta Braves ended earlier this morning. The game of baseball and this game in particular, filled with superlative performances by players on both clubs, deserved much better. We have filed a formal complaint with the Commissioner.

“While we cannot begin to understand how Umpire Jerry Meals did not see the tag made by Michael McKenry three feet in front of home plate, we do not question the integrity of Mr. Meals. Instead, we know that Mr. Meals’ intention was to get the call right. Jerry Meals has been umpiring Major League games for 14 years and has always done so with integrity and professionalism. He got this one wrong.

“For Pirates fans, we may have lost a game in the standings as a result of a missed call but this game, and the gutsy performances by so many of our players, will make us stronger, more unified and more determined as we continue the battle for the National League Central Division.”

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:12 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Probably the worst call I've seen in years! What made this worst was losing the game like that in this many innings!  Meals U SUCK!

Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:11 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Also, there is no garuntee that the Pirates wouldn't have lost even if Lugo had been called out... and people taking shots at Meals family are completely out of line...

Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:09 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

I do not think that the Pirates expect anything to be overturned by this, but I do think that they want to make a statement to the umpires. After having played 19 innings, basically two games, only to have the game stolen from you by a blown call is a kick to the cajones. Both teams battled it out, but only one team got shafted.

After umpiring for 14 years, I do not think a mistake like this should have been made and this is definitely a situation in which a replay should have been viewed; not by one, but by all the field umpires.

Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:06 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

This is why you just run over the catcher, and if he breaks his ankle, who cares, but if he ran over the catcher and jarred the ball loose, yall would be crying about how the runner should have done a backdoor slide... FUCK ESPN

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:01 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

How about the blown call that cost Galarraga a perfect game? 

We all know everyone on that field, including that umpire, the Braves and the Pirates were just glad the game was over.

Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:00 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

One thing that affected this whole play was the batter leaving the bat in the base path to the plate. Catcher had to quickly hope over the bat to get into position. If he doesn't have to do that, the plate is perfectly blocked.

It was a sweep tag. Incredibly close to the leg. Looks out to me. Heck of a bang-bang play.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:52 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call


Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:52 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

'The worst call in history...'

C'mon man!!!! Everyone is forgetting the Braves vs Marlins when Livan Hernandez was being given strikes 6 inches off the plate in a NLCS gave. This was nothing compared to that.

Get over it... 

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:51 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

worst call in history of sports...if you look at replay, it seems the ump. waited till he touched the plate to call him safe.  the catcher had the whole plate blocked and clearly was tagged out.  their is no room for this kind of error in professional sports.  does anyone think that the umpire was a little tired?? (19 innings of baseball) seems like he was going to call him safe no matter what...he even admitted after the game he was wrong when he saw the replay...discusting!!!

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:51 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

PMB19, you did not offend me, you were just wrong. 

The Encarnacion call (I know, I probably did not spell that right) that you described is a totally different play.  Not having seen it, perhaps the umpire got blocked and made the call on what he thought he saw?  I don't know.  You have to make a decision, period.  You can't say "I didn't see it, lets do it again".  That being said, I repeat, I didn't not see it, period. 

There are times where you are moving to get in position (when you are doing a 1 or 2 man game) and you watch the ball get there, the position of the arms/hands when applying the tag and the baserunner sliding in front of you and blocking your view...there you have to make a call based on those things even though you are blocked and hope that your partner had a better angle if somebody argues.  I don't believe that is an assumption, it is just trying to read a play as best as you can.

But not having ever been an umpire, you are programmed to think umpires are always against you, never right.  Having played, coached, umpired, run leagues, etc., I can tell you that they are right 95% of the time (including strike zone), perhaps higher, and they never give a damn who wins.  All I ever cared about is the cash.  Seriously, I enjoyed it, but I did it for the money.  These days, I do volunteer now and then, since, as the commissioner, it is my job to run the league, and sometimes an umpire cancels last minute or does not show.  But I try not to.  Even when I am doing those volunteer games, even if I think I want one team to win, I find that I don't even know who is who as plays happen, so it doesn't affect my calls.

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