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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: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:25 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

I must not have gotten all the views that alot of people have seen. Yes, clearly the throw beat the runner by plenty, but it took me three replays before I could actually saw that there was a possibility that the glove might have touched the leg. That's in slow motion! I say give the ump a little credit for having the balls to actually call it like he saw it. Just because the throw beat him the catcher still needs to make a tag. Use two hands and apply a real tag, not just a swipe.

Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:25 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Just because the ball beats the runner doesnt mean he is out. Waych the reply from the douput and it clearly shows that the tag could of been missed because of a good slide.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:24 pm

I question the ump's integrity

The ONLY possible explanation for that call was that the ump made up his mind before the ball was even hit that the winning run was going to score and end that game.  This ump was determined that he was going to be outa there and in his hotel room as soon as he got a chance to decide the game on a "close" play.  His misjudgment was that this play wasn't even close.  Or close to close.  Or close to close to close.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:21 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

That was an I'm tired and want to go home call.  No other way to explain it.  That wasn't even close to where you could say the ump missed it, he said the hell with it here's my chance to get some sleep tonight.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:15 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Usually the rule of thumb is if the b.all beats you to the plate of bag than your out. I think if you are not 100 % positive if the tag was made or not you got to go with an out call. It's umpire 101, and I think most umps would agree. If you don't follow that policy your bound to look foolish like Jerry Meals did last night.
100% agree. Look at the replay and you'll see that even Lugo thought he was out and only touched home plate after noticing that the ump had not yet signalled "out.". Heads up play by Lugo but an egregious error by the ump.

All that being said these things happen. It's a long season you can't dwell on 1 game or 1 blown call.
Unless, of course, the Pirates miss the playoffs by one game. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:14 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Instead of complaining about a blown call, about scoring a run off a scrub Rp with a 6+ ERA or not botching a suicide squeeze.

Haha!  That's what I've been saying all day, except about the Braves.  How could neither team score against middle relievers that are in their 3rd or 4th inning when they're only used to throwing one inning at most?  15 innings without a run by either team?!?!  That doesn't bode well for the Braves or the Pirates down the stretch I'm afraid.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:13 pm

...have him take a lie detector?

There is no way that guy made that call based upon "laziness."  He knows that the cameras are rolling.  Even if he did just want the game to get over (which I doubt had anything to do with the call), he wasn't alone --it looked to me like the majority of the fans (both Pirate and Braves) just wanted to go home too.  In the near future, the Pirates will get a break to win a game, just like the Braves did --it all comes out even in the end.  It was one game --get over it. 

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:10 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call


Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:10 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

If that ump isn't suspended, there is no justice in baseball. That blown call may cost the Pirates the Central Division pennant, or a wild card berth. If Clint Hurdle IS suspended, and the ump goes on, they should file a grievance.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:07 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call


If a formal complaint made any difference at all, then C.C. Sabathia would have had a no hitter with Mlwaukee, in Pittsburgh, a few years back.  Human error: It works both ways, just as the game does --you win some, and you lose some.  The ump called it like he saw it.  He didn't have instant replay to fall back on, like the critics do.  Get over it. 

If it was close, I could see how he may have missed the call.  But the guy was tagged out, visibly tagged out, 3 feet from the plate.  That was not just a "call it as he sees 'em" call, it was ineptitude by the ump.  Meals needs to be suspended the rest of series and lose any chance of post season assignment.

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