I’ve got a bone to pick with the accountability of the Umpires. There should be some sort of discipline or fine… or both for poor quality outings of an Umpire in any game. Definitely in a Playoff Game!
I don’t know if there is a grading system in place.. but if so, It is a sad measuring system. Umpires like Randy Marsh should not be allowed to continue to smirk at players and the game with his pitiful excuse for calling balls and strikes. This guy is so bad it’s almost comical. It would be funny.. .the only problem is .. it’s costing the players a quality at bat.. and costing the fans a quality game.
How can he possibly not be held accountable for 6, 7 or more pitches a game that are clear Strikes… or clear Balls.. and he arbitrarily chooses to call the opposite. It may seem like a tiny little issue. But, to a hitter.. it’s huge! The difference between 2-0 and 1-1 for instance is gigantic to a hitter’s approach.
I don’t want to just bang on Randy Marsh.. although.. he needs a real good eye doctor, lasik surgery.. or some eyeglasses. Ask Brandon Inge and the Tigers. The ball clearly hit Inge with the bases loaded. This is game changing. Ask any Detroit Tiger fan if it’s not. And correct me if I’m wrong.. but isn’t this the same guy that was behind the plate during the heated Angels vs. Red Sox game. Pretty sure it was.
The problem lies with MLB. They should not reward an umpire like Randy with a Playoff appearance. Period. He should be held accountable for his quality. If “Pitch Track” or video evidence clearly shows he is incorrect X% (choose a number).. he should be benched, suspended or fined. Not rewarded with a Playoff appearance so that he (not the players) ends up determining who the World Champion eventually is.
MLB is not the only one at fault here. How many games have you watched where an Umpire clearly misses a call.. .the replay confirms it.. and all of a sudden the broadcast crew, the replay director and everybody else.. hush hushes it and sweeps it under the rug. That is BS. If they guy is bad.. don’t hide him. He’s bad. Show it. Get him the heck out of there. Don’t give us the BS about.. oh, we have the advantage of slow motion replay.. .blah blah.
In the 1st Playoff game today between the Phils and the Rockies.. All three base umpires blew calls! All three of them! And the home plate umpire wasn’t too perfect himself.
Maybe in this particular game, those calls may not have affected the outcome. Then again,
they may have… how are we to know. You had Torrealba SAFE at 3rd in the 1st Inning by a wide marging.. the Ump.. calls him OUT!
You had Cliff Lee obviously OUT by a large margin at 2nd Base in the 3rd Inning.. he was called SAFE! Come on..
And to cap it off you had the 1st Base Umpire calling Jimmy Rollins OUT at First when he was clearly SAFE.. this in the 6th Inning.
Nothing ticks me off more than to be robbed of a great baseball game with these types of calls affecting the outcome. It should not happen. Some accountability has got to be put in place. If there is such a thing in place now.. it is poorly.. .very poorly monitored.
Stop messing up our games. Please.