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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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Comments

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:04 pm
 

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

While I agree, after viewing the replay, he was out.  But as stated, this was after I had the ability to view the replay.  The umpire did not have this luxury.  How many times have you watched something live and would bet your life that a call was made incorrectly only to watch the replay and be proven wrong.  As long as judgment calls are left up to the human eye, there are going to be mistakes.  These are only amplified after watching a replay.  This guy has been an ump for 14 years, he had a reason to call it the way he did.



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

The jurors in the Casey Anthony trial did not say they thought she was innocent. They said there was not enough evidence as required by law to convict. There is a big difference in those two statements. Remember 12 people reached this conclusion. Regarding last night's call, it was a joke. Why shouldn't umpires be suspended for calls like this? They have totally affected the game and the penant race. It is a disgrace.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

LIKE I SAID, YOU MUST HAVE DIFFERANT ANGLES THAN I HAVE. NO WHERE DID I SEE A TAG ON THE KNEE OR ARM. THE UMPS DON'T GET THE BENEFIT OF INSTANT REPLAY. GET OVER IT. IT'S ONLY THE PIRATES. THEIR BEST PLAYERS WILL BE GONE IN A YEAR OR TWO ANYWAYS.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Umpires blow calls EVERYDAY, if it would have happened in the 1st inning nobody would be talking about it.



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

I've looked at all of the replays available.  And although it appeared obvious that Lugo "had to be out", there is simply no replay that clearly and definitively indicates that the tag was actually applied.  Having said that, I think that the correct call has to be "out", unless an umpire can clearly determine that a tag was not made.  If it comes down to speculation or assumption, then you have to default to the fact that the ball beat the runner by a clear and substantial margin, and err on that side of the equation.  Just my opinion.

supporttheheat - all you need do is watch Lugo's actions and body language. Again, he knew he was out. It was simply another instance of "Christmas in July".



Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Not to mention the umpire last night had a VERY low strike zone when it came to the Braves hitters.  There were several strikes called that favored the Pirates.  I too hate that the game came down to that call, there is no telling how long it would have went on. 



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Block the plate and this never happens.

Is that a Yankees avatar I see by your name? Another genius who couldn't have even seen the play as "The Fort" had the baseline/plate blocked three or four feet out. Ridiculous post.




Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

An OLE' tag.  What is wrong with a OLE' tag in a sport where the shortstop or second basemen only needs to be "IN THE AREA" for the runner to be out when turning a double play. 



Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

I've looked at all of the replays available.  And although it appeared obvious that Lugo "had to be out", there is simply no replay that clearly and definitively indicates that the tag was actually applied.  Having said that, I think that the correct call has to be "out", unless an umpire can clearly determine that a tag was not made.  If it comes down to speculation or assumption, then you have to default to the fact that the ball beat the runner by a clear and substantial margin, and err on that side of the equation.  Just my opinion.



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Sorry my spelling sucked in my post but very upset how Bias Braves fans are,  making excuses ,  even Lugo knew he was out. He was in shock when he saw no call after the slide. Braves fans its ok you will not win the series anyways as long as Philly is around ..You all need Beltran more than you think for stability. Pirates are a team that will be around for years now , very very deep farm team and they will spend to keep players with the new ownership that came in a few years back.. Go Bucs


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