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Having Games Determined by the Umpire. Fair or Foul?

In a game on May 21, 2012 between the Colorado Rockies and the Miami Marlins, an at-bat in the fourth inning between Jamie Moyer and Giancarlo Stanton resulted in a grand slam that put the Marlins into the lead 6-4. My dad and I were watching the game and my dad was not as psyched as I was about it due to the circumstances that led to the grand slam. That night the umpire, Ted Barrett, had been inconsistent with his calls for both teams. In the fourth inning with the Fish down 4-1, they began to put together another inning to get themselves out the early hole. With two outs Hanley Ramirez was able to finagle a walk from Moyer that had some questionable pitches called balls. Stanton came up with bases loaded two outs and Barrett would not give Moyer a crucial pitch that Stanton looked at that would have been strike three according to FoxTrax and common sense. Stanton then jacks the next push through the video board in left and Fish take the lead. My dad felt the home run was cheapened due to the umpire’s inconsistent calls. I acknowledged that fact since it was blatantly obvious but I cannot fault any of the players involved in the sequence. Moyer did his best and so did Stanton. Stanton is going to take any breaks he gets, just like Moyer has done since 1986. I argued that eventually we will get screwed over by calls by umpires. It’s just the way the game works. He understands this fact but still doesn’t like that the game was determined by the umpire much like the complaints of NBA fans with their referees. My solution to all this is robot umpires. I welcome our machine overlords.


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