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2013-03-15 09:45:00 AM  
WBC umpires are volunteers and most umpires don't want to be calling high pressure games in March. That being said, Angel Hernandez should never be allowed to call a MLB, ever.
 
2013-03-15 09:51:27 AM  
That's not an umpire; that's Enrico Pallazzo.
 
2013-03-15 09:59:37 AM  
Surely not. Guess his boss was already there?
 
2013-03-15 10:15:54 AM  
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2013-03-15 10:49:16 AM  
The umpiring in general reminds me of the LLWS.  Anything close is a strike.

Of course, this particular pitch wasn't close....
 
2013-03-15 10:54:57 AM  
Stiiiiiiiiii-riiiiiiiiiiiikke threeeeeeeeee!!!!!


Threee--eeee-eeeee
 
2013-03-15 10:57:04 AM  
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2013-03-15 11:00:02 AM  

WTF Indeed: WBC umpires are volunteers and most umpires don't want to be calling high pressure games in March. That being said, Angel Hernandez should never be allowed to call a MLB, ever.


Baseball reference lets you split out games by umpire, and it's impressive what a difference a bad umpire can make.

For example, probably due to crap like this, in the 66 MLB games (39 NL, 27 AL) called by Angel Hernandez last year, pitchers had a 3.30 ERA, compared to a league ERA of 4.01.  That's twice as many games as a regular starting pitcher appears in, and he has a bigger impact on the score (relative to league average) than your average #2 starter.  In 2011, the ERA in his games was 3.45.  It's well below average in every year I glanced at.

The sad part is that the existing PitchFx system measures the strike zone for each batter, and tracks the in-flight trajectory of the ball to within an inch or so.  The machine already calls balls and strikes nearly perfectly.  It would take all of a week to upgrade PitchFx so it relays calls to the home plate ump's earpiece, and we'd have things decided by pitchers and hitters instead of by umpires.  Games would probably be shorter, because no one would spend time stepping out, glaring at the ump, asking about the call, etc.

Most fans can't name 3 umpires.  I've never heard someone express an interest in watching a game because some umpire was making the start.  Why do we let them inject their personal opinions into what a ball or strike is?
 
2013-03-15 11:00:45 AM  
Time for the automated balls and strikes calls.
 
2013-03-15 11:02:01 AM  
Does anybody think that WBC could one day reach the soccer World Cup level?
 
2013-03-15 11:08:16 AM  

nwave: Does anybody think that WBC could one day reach the soccer World Cup level?


No. And I love baseball.
 
2013-03-15 11:10:43 AM  
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"Hey! It's Enrico Pallazzo!"
 
2013-03-15 11:14:23 AM  
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2013-03-15 11:23:49 AM  

dukeblue219: nwave: Does anybody think that WBC could one day reach the soccer World Cup level?

No. And I love baseball.


Seconded. I love me some baseball but it won't even approach the worldwide acceptance level of the World Cup. That doesn't affect me tho as I've watched all the Pool C and D games as well as all of Round 2 so far. Hopefully USA pitching can hold it down again tonight and the bats can string a couple hits together, unlike last night. That game was great and one of the best along with Netherlands/Cuba (both games) and DR/Italy.
 
2013-03-15 11:24:20 AM  
Angel Hernandez. Where have I heard that name before? I swear I've heard that name before.
 
2013-03-15 11:36:38 AM  
Even Mr. Magoo called that a ball. What a terrible call.
 
2013-03-15 11:43:46 AM  
And Angel strikes back against CB Bucknor in the ongoing fight for who is the most ridiculously stupid MLB umpire.
 
2013-03-15 11:47:33 AM  

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2013-03-15 11:54:31 AM  
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Worst ever...except maybe Richie Garcia
 
2013-03-15 12:03:47 PM  
Juuuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside
 
2013-03-15 12:12:48 PM  

bulldg4life: And Angel strikes back against CB Bucknor in the ongoing fight for who is the most ridiculously stupid MLB umpire.


Two Words: Country Joe.
 
2013-03-15 12:22:03 PM  
Eric Gregg would have been proud.
 
2013-03-15 12:30:59 PM  
Angel Hernandez being horrible is not news.

Worse news for the Team USA (and the Mets) is that David Wright might be done.
 
2013-03-15 12:40:20 PM  

nwave: Does anybody think that WBC could one day reach the soccer World Cup level?


More than likely not since I just can't see baseball being as globally popular as soccer. It could probably surpass cricket, basketball and American football though.
I DO foresee the WBC gaining in popularity and becoming more of an event in 2017, 2021, etc. but approaching the World Cup? Nah.

/doesn't even really like soccer
 
2013-03-15 12:41:04 PM  

The Bestest: Angel Hernandez being horrible is not news.

Worse news for the Team USA (and the Mets) is that David Wright might be done.


It's still not as bad as the news that they're still the Mets.

/Mets fan.
 
2013-03-15 12:43:48 PM  

TunaTacoTaster: Eric Gregg would have been proud.


TunaTacoTaster: Eric Gregg would have been proud.


TunaTacoTaster: Eric Gregg would have been proud.


TunaTacoTaster: Eric Gregg would have been proud.


TunaTacoTaster: Eric Gregg would have been proud.

TunaTacoTaster: Eric Gregg would have been proud.


TunaTacoTaster: Eric Gregg would have been proud.


TunaTacoTaster: Eric Gregg would have been proud.

 
2013-03-15 12:52:14 PM  

The Bestest: Angel Hernandez being horrible is not news.

Worse news for the Team USA (and the Mets) is that David Wright might be done.


They're the Mets.  They were 'done' when the first pitch was thrown at spring training.
 
2013-03-15 12:54:14 PM  
Ya, when the catcher has to slide over onto one knee in order to catch the pitch then you probably shouldn't call it a strike.
 
2013-03-15 01:05:29 PM  
shocker, it is angel hernandez.
 
2013-03-15 01:05:46 PM  
to this day, I still sing the wrong words to the national anthem because of that movie

/but only because they feel so right
 
2013-03-15 01:07:12 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Juuuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside


Came for this , leaving happy.
 
2013-03-15 01:08:35 PM  
when the catcher almost makes it to third base diving to catch the pitch, it is probably a ball.
 
2013-03-15 01:10:50 PM  
The umpiring in the classic has been very good overall. Now that I have said that, Angel Hernandez is awful. I personally think that the guy zones out behind the plate at times and misses pitches, which he just calls as strikes. Then if somebody complains loudly he will stick the screws to the team and really squeeze them.
 
2013-03-15 01:14:25 PM  

colinspooky: Surely not. Guess his boss was already there?


Who's boss?  and don't call me Shirley.
 
2013-03-15 01:22:22 PM  
no love for a gold glove Eric Aybar here?
 
2013-03-15 01:28:41 PM  

nwave: Does anybody think that WBC could one day reach the soccer World Cup level?



nah. the reason the soccer WC is so big is because its the world series of soccer. the soccer counterpart IS the world series.

Take a look at other sports. in the NHL, nobody gives a crap about the hockey world cup, world championships  and only marginally even cares about the Olympics.

NBA too. the finals are far more important to a basketball fan than the Olympics.

As long as there is a World Series, the WC will never be important.
 
2013-03-15 01:30:57 PM  

The Bestest: nwave: Does anybody think that WBC could one day reach the soccer World Cup level?

More than likely not since I just can't see baseball being as globally popular as soccer. It could probably surpass cricket, basketball and American football though.
I DO foresee the WBC gaining in popularity and becoming more of an event in 2017, 2021, etc. but approaching the World Cup? Nah.

/doesn't even really like soccer


Yeah, the World Cup is not under siege. But the WBC does have some pretty good support going, at least everywhere outside the US. I think all that needs to happen is two things:

1) Selig needs to lean on the MLB players and put a little more pressure on them to suit up if called for their national team. It's his baby, after all. He created this thing; he ought to do a little more to get the A-listers on the field.
2) This is going to sound nuts, but have the United States host less of the tournament than it does. Why put so much of the tournament in the hands of the nation that cares the least? Get it in the hands of the nations that are showing a stronger passion for the event. Let Japan have the finals next time. Let the Dutch host at least a qualifier; they've earned it (they right now can only really stand to do a qualifier at Pim Mulier Stadion in Haarlem). Let the Dominican Republic host a pool (likely Estadio Cibao in Santiago). Maybe with Chavez gone, Venezuela can host something (likely Estadio Universitario in Caracas).
 
2013-03-15 01:57:17 PM  
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Will the ump protect the Queen from Reggie Jackson?
 
2013-03-15 01:58:13 PM  

robertus: The Bestest: Angel Hernandez being horrible is not news.

Worse news for the Team USA (and the Mets) is that David Wright might be done.

It's still not as bad as the news that they're still the Mets.

/Mets fan.


Obligatory
 
2013-03-15 02:12:14 PM  

Gosling: This is going to sound nuts, but have the United States host less of the tournament than it does. Why put so much of the tournament in the hands of the nation that cares the least?


Good idea.  We already have 162x15 games within the best baseball league in the world, lasting from April through October.  I think the WBC is a good idea for everywhere *but* the USA.
 
2013-03-15 02:21:29 PM  
Niiiice beaver
 
2013-03-15 02:37:48 PM  
Wow.  That was actually laughable.  I laughed.
 
2013-03-15 02:47:02 PM  

chimp_ninja: Most fans can't name 3 umpires. I've never heard someone express an interest in watching a game because some umpire was making the start. Why do we let them inject their personal opinions into what a ball or strike is?


People can name 3 umpires, but the answers are always Joe West, Bob Davidson, and Angel Hernandez.

A good umpire is as invisible as he should be.
 
2013-03-15 02:51:52 PM  

Droog8912: chimp_ninja: Most fans can't name 3 umpires. I've never heard someone express an interest in watching a game because some umpire was making the start. Why do we let them inject their personal opinions into what a ball or strike is?

People can name 3 umpires, but the answers are always Joe West, Bob Davidson, and Angel Hernandez.

A good umpire is as invisible as he should be.


Cowboy, CB Bucknor, Angel, and Jim Joyce.  Three because of awfulness, one because of a moment of awfulness by an ump the players actually like.
 
2013-03-15 02:54:54 PM  

scandalrag: bulldg4life: And Angel strikes back against CB Bucknor in the ongoing fight for who is the most ridiculously stupid MLB umpire.

Two Words: Country Joe.


Cowboy Joe, I think.

Didn't Angel Hernandez once eject a guy who was singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at Wrigley?

chimp_ninja:
PowerSlacker:


C'mon, using Angel Hernandez as your example to say that balls and strikes should be automated is like using the Exxon Valdez to argue for the ban of all oil tankers.
 
2013-03-15 03:00:17 PM  

Droog8912: A good umpire is as invisible as he should be.


Maybe that ought to change? I mean, over in soccer the identity of the ref is one of the things fans actively pay attention to so they know what kind of game they can expect to see called. Good refs and bad. Come World Cup time you'll see a lot of people watching how the refs perform and then offering suggestions as to which one ought to be given the final and which need to be sent home as quickly as possible. Sometimes FIFA even listens.
 
2013-03-15 03:05:41 PM  

phyrkrakr: Didn't Angel Hernandez once eject a guy who was singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at Wrigley?


Not sure if it was him, but yes- Steve McMichael, formerly of the Bears, did get ejected after giving the ump some crap after the song.
 
2013-03-15 03:26:41 PM  
early in andruw jones' career, an umpire decided to make a statement against him and called a strike on a pitch that was way off the plate.  i wish i could find video on it.  it was the worst call i've ever seen in baseball
 
2013-03-15 03:35:15 PM  

downstairs: phyrkrakr: Didn't Angel Hernandez once eject a guy who was singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at Wrigley?

Not sure if it was him, but yes- Steve McMichael, formerly of the Bears, did get ejected after giving the ump some crap after the song.


The end of that game was so awesome.

So awesome.
 
2013-03-15 03:46:55 PM  

TunaTacoTaster: Eric Gregg would have been proud.


One of these days I want to see that whole Livan game in its entirety, you know... just for laughs.
 
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