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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: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:49 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

We have filed a formal complaint with the Commissioner.
I don't understand.  Just what is a "formal complaint" in connection with a judgment call?  Given that the call can't be reversed, what is the difference between filing a "formal" complaint and filing an "informal" one?
I would just as soon have seen the Pirates win this game to give my Phillies a seven-game lead in the NL East. But I really don't understand what Connelly is saying they're actually doing that's of any significance--considering that the umpire supervisors will undoubtedly be looking at the play whether Connelly brings it up or not.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:48 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

I see some posters saying that they had trouble seeing the tag.  My only suggestion is better glasses as he clearly tagged him about 4 feet up the line (tagged him twice in fact).  I have no dog in this hunt; I just want Blue to get the calls right.  This one was awful.  The dude must have really needed a drink.

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:43 pm


What you say the replys you have saw do not show the tag????? Whoever thinks this guy was safe at home also thinks Casey Anthony was not guilty of killing her kid like the other 12 stupid people... He clearly from espn angles and all angles slid right into the glove with his knee and thigh when the cathcer caught the ball!And he tagged him again on his arm!!!!!! It is amazing how BIAS people are on here..This can be a play tha can kill the Pirates season and get in their head hopefully they just keep playing hard , pitching great and all will work out in this crap division....reply is needed on plays that determine the winner on the final play just like buzzer beaters in basketball.. Its a great story Pirates being in first but Selig obviously only cares if team in New York , Boston are able to rob the league of all the best players..A shame how this is as much as I do not like hockey they really have their league in check.

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:43 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

If your favorite team is in the National League Central, you should be afraid. Why don't you look at the Braves and Pirates team ERA. Some of the best pitching in the league. Maybe you don't make such an uneducated comment about not getting hits off of their middle relievers if you would actually take the time to do just a tiny bit of research. HaHa

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:43 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

That's just a rotten shame that this game had to be determined by such a badly blown call...Players on both teams sole themselves out to compete only to lose by virtue of such a bad call...Judging by Julio Lugo selling himself out like he was out and then going into a celebration like he had just hit a walk-off homerun was pathetic!...The Pirates and Braves would have both accepted a 10 hopper through the hole to loose this game, but it tears your gut out to have it lost like this...And because this is the Braves-Pirates, this conversation will die in a day, but if was the Skankees-Red Sox, it would NEVER go away!...

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:40 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

The call wasn't as clear was it seems, especially from television, which is where most of us saw it. As a Braves fan, I was up and watching the game. I felt Lugo would have been out until the oppoite side view was shown. There was no movement on the runner's leg nor the pants. The umpire later said that the catcher may have tagged the runner, however, did not say definite. It was a tough call to make.

As a braves fan, the Pirates only lost one game and it may come down to that one game for them, at the end of the season, however, Braves fans can clearly remember Marlins vs Braves NLCS where Eric Gregg gave Livan Hernandez a 6 inch cushin off the plate that ended a series. I was at that game when living in Fort Lauderdale; upper desk behind home plate. It was pretty bad calling by Gregg. Perhaps the Pirates, all of baseball and fans should have protested and been upset.   

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:39 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

All you need do is look at Lugo's actions. As an afterthought, he went back and tagged home plate. He knew he was out and so does anyone who saw it. Even Meals admitted to it afterwards.

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:37 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

The tag was made but here's something to think many times does the shortstop or the second baseman actuall brush by second base on a double play without actually touching the bag? Meals might have been hoping for an end to the marathon which could have clouded his judgement. 

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:36 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Doubt anything worth while will come of it for the Pirates which is a shame.  Absolute horrible call.  Mr. Meals must've just been tired and wanted to go home.  He's standing there, ball beats the player, tag is made 3 feet in front of plate, Lugo gets up disapointed for 1 second until he hears the call, is astonished an runs to the dugout in amazement.   This all being said, DO NOT PUT INSTANT REPLAY IN!!! This is part of the charm that people still like in baseball.  Umpires get it right 99% of the time.  Football on the other hand had 70% of their calls overturned.  They don't focus as hard anymore because they know it can be challenged.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:25 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

That is the worst call I've ever seen in my life. Even more embarassing than the call was the Braves players celebrating like they did something right. Such a shitty call should warrant unprecedented action. The ump should be fined or suspended.

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