3:22 am July 27, 2011, by David O'Brien
July 27th, 201111:42 am
MLB does enforce standards for positioning. Regardless of what Joe Simpson says, the balloon protector was outlawed because the up-over-the-middle stance prevented umps from seeing the corners or low zone. Umps must position with eyes at the top of the zone and on the inside corner of the plate. If the catcher crowds you inside, you deal with it. If he moves outside, go with him, since he’s aiming for the outside corner anyway.
Dwayne/Braves fan/he was out
If an ump can see a 90 mile an hour fastball “skim” a players jersey for a hit batter, Meels should have seen the tag. I seen it, so did 900,000 other people….it’s all over ESPN.
July 27th, 201111:44 am
July 27th, 201112:00 pm
O’led is from my country, if the bull gets you, you didn’t oley.
July 27th, 201112:04 pm
Prado forgot how to play dis game…………..0 for 9 gets you sat down chump
July 27th, 201112:20 pm
This teams inability to score is what cost us Brian for 15 days. Make no mistake about it…how many RISP did we leave stranded. Problem is we will not get any better without somebody lighting a fire under these guys. We can not get the timely hits and this team will fade away as the summer drages on unless we correct the issue. Also need somebody to put a boot in our starters backside over the early inning runs they are giving up. When they give up 3 early runs it puts more pressure on an already challenged offense to score runs. We will be lucky if we are the wildcard team.
July 27th, 201112:22 pm
What a game! Wow. All I can say is that I was honored to have been able to actually go and be at that record-breaking game for majority of it and watch this epic battle. Officiating always leaves room for error whether Lugo was out or safe. That’s just life and it definitely stinks that a game like that had to end like that. Overall, it will be difficult without McCann, Jones and Schafer, but I have faith in our other great players right now like Freeman, Heyward and Gonzalez.
Go Bravos! I’ll be there again tonight cheering you all on!
July 27th, 201112:24 pm
@jabbo, your reference is a perfect example of 90%of medical info on the net being incorrect! Sounds like a bunch of garbage and tersting for hgh is poor at best. Xwhat, load of rubish….sheesh
July 27th, 201112:34 pm
Stayed up to the bitter end.
As a Pirates fan I could have handled losing the game.
The Braves battled hard as did the Pirates and either team could have won the game while neither team really deserved to lose.
What I can’t handle is that the game had to end on such a crappy call.
Braves fan on Lanier
July 27th, 201112:58 pm
Proctor did very well last night. But he will not be remembered for pitching 3 scoreless innings in winning relief for a such a great game. He should forever be remembered for the plank job he did on live TV: http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/210/proctorfail.gif
July 27th, 20111:00 pm
I haven’t even read the other comments, but, when I saw the replay first thing this morning … assuming he was out … I asked myself did he actually tag him? Then I saw the “safe” call. I have yet to see a replay that I can actually say, yeah he touched him … of course I have only seen two replays and one picture focusing between McHenry’s legs and none of these can I say he was definitely touched.
But we need help! No chipper, no McCann, Schafer banged up, Heyward not hitting much, etc.
July 27th, 20111:07 pm
“brave new world”– The way the umpire called the game, I think he was just ready to get the heck out of town. I think dinner was getting cold, too.
David Ross might be the most-overlooked player on this team. I expect him to pull his weight offensively, defensively, and in terms of calling a game. I still don’t think we need a trade.
I don’t think the umpire had any inherent bias for Atlanta; I think he was ready to call it a night. In any event, it’s the second-worst call I’ve ever seen in baseball. Kent Hrbek’s wrestling Ron Gant off first and tagging him out is still the worst.
July 27th, 20111:21 pm
Ronald Millsaps….great name….if you do not think the Braves need a bat you are bli…..nevermind
July 27th, 20111:24 pm
Now Mr Wren out best hitter is gone so why not make a deal for some anyone not named Betlran. If you wanna get to it Upton would be nice to go after I think a change just who to give up.
A guy goes into a restaurant/lounge wearing a shirt open at the collar and is met by a bouncer who tells him he must wear a necktie to gain admission. So the guy goes out to his car and he looks around for a necktie and discovers that he just doesn’t have one. He sees a set of jumper cables in his trunk. In desperation he ties these around his neck, manages to fashion a fairly acceptable looking knot and lets the ends dangle free. He goes back to the restaurant and the bouncer carefully looks him over for a few minutes and then says, “Well, OK, I guess you can come in – just don’t start anything.”
Thanks, DOB, for covering tonights game. Smiley face.
July 27th, 20111:28 pm
LET’S GO PIIIIRATES !! (Wait three seconds.) LET’S GO PIIIIRATES !! LET’S GO PIIIRATES!!! LET’S GO PIIIIRATES !!I !! (Wait three seconds.) LET’S GO PIIIIRATES !! (Lather. Rinse. Repeat for six hours…)
DOB: I’m curious. Could you guys in the press box hear the eight-year-old little girl who screamed her lungs out for her beloved Pirates during the ENTIRE game broadcast. For those of us watching at home, that was as entertaining as anything on the field from roughly 11 to 2am. You MUST have heard her. Not only did she drive Chip and Joe nuts, but she also featured prominently in the post-game show. Hands down, Fan of The Year. Her yelling was so incessant, she even made her little brother cry! Now that’s passion… The Smith Brothers or Fisherman’s Friend should sign her up: a lifetime supply of throat lozenges in return for an endorsement.
July 27th, 20111:37 pm
After having watched all of the replays, there is no way anyone can definitively say the tag was applied. It looked to me like the catcher swept his glove next to the body and did not touch him at any point.
woman in the throes
July 27th, 20111:46 pm
In Meal’s defense, most of the questioned balls and strike calls were close. Umpires are human and their view is always going to be hampered by where the catcher sets up, which sometimes isn’t until the pitcher is releasing the ball. IMO balls and strikes should be called electronically, pure and simple. No replay, just called as they cross the plate, no delay, no arguments. Having said that, the play on Lugo, though it is remotely possible the catcher didn’t touch him, how many times has anyone seen an umpire make that call? When the ball gets there first they’re almost always called out. If you watch Lugo’s reaction, he was as surprised as anyone when he was called safe. Granted the ump can’t wait to see the runner’s reaction before making a call, but my take is, Meals was looking to go home and it didn’t look like it was going to happen any other way.
Glad it’s over with, sorry for the Pirates but happy for the Braves. Get well soon, Mac.
July 27th, 20111:47 pm
Heres the skinny DFA Gonzo promote pastornicky Trade Mclouth Proctor Minor and Salecado to the Rays for Sean Rodiguez and BJ Upton Then Trade Lowe Gonzo and Schafer to Pitt for Brian Burress Matt Hague and Gorkys Hernadez. Then Bring up Teheran to replace lowe and move Beachy to the Bullpen.
July 27th, 20111:48 pm
The Braves were “awarded” the win over the Pirates. Extremely poor call by the umpire-was he missing his beauty sleep. Pathetic. Bring on instant replay and join the current century !!
July 27th, 20111:53 pm
Looked like he was out BUT I can see how the ump might have missed it. The Braves have had some pretty bad calls against them this year on the base paths. The Pirates got the shaft on this one but they will have one go their way eventually. The calls seem to equal out in the long run…
Trade 4 Beltran
July 27th, 20112:00 pm
I have to stay off mlbtraderumors.com. It’s KILLING me reading about all these trades other teams are doing.
Another Clueless Braves Blogger
July 27th, 20112:02 pm
Worst call by an ump? Not even close. First of all, Meals had a much better view than any of us, and he felt the tag was missed. If he was wrong, then he made his best call based on what he has been trained to do. Earlier this year, Jim Joyce’s safe call on the final out of a perfect game was far worse. And any Braves fan who watched Forrest Gregg call balls and strikes in the plaoff game between the Braves and Marlins a while back will tell you that his umpiring was the worst ever (balls 2-3 feet off the plate being called strikes, but only against against Braves hitters).
July 27th, 20112:08 pm
After further review, I think we all owe Jerry Meals a debt of gratitude for finding a way to put an end to that sorry exhibition of hitting on both sides.
braves are pretenders!!
July 27th, 20112:20 pm
Just shows you how pathetic this offense is. And this idiot manager read lips about as well as he teaches fundamental baseball. My little league coach taught fundamental baseball better this clown. The only time this guy tries to advance a runner or to squeeze with runner at 3rd and no outs the last 5 games, Nate the great can’t execute a bunt. Worst prepared, and worst team in the majors when it comes to fundamental baseball. But i forgot the word mental is included in fundamental, so that makes perfect sense being the manager should be washing cars in south florida instead of trying to manage a baseball team
July 27th, 20112:30 pm
Schafer is on the DL.
July 27th, 20112:35 pm
Beltran is traded to the Giants
July 27th, 20112:36 pm
New York Post reports
July 27th, 20112:38 pm
@women in the throes:love the name and could not agree with you more,happy thr braves one ,but the ump was bad,real bad-would not surprise me he gets in trouble for this ….
July 27th, 20112:45 pm
Another Clueless @2:02pm………….His name was Eric Greg, and it was game 5 of the 1997NLCS.
It has been voted the 3rd worse umpiring performance, of the entire 1975 to 2000 MLB era, by Baseball America.
July 27th, 20113:04 pm
That was a really bad performance of calling balls and strikes, and one of the worst that I have seen in a while(maybe a couple of weeks). Unfortunately bad performances by homeplate umps are not that rare(could have a worse one tonight with CB Bucknor behind the plate).
He called bad pitches on both teams, but I will have to say that it looked like he was calling more on the Braves than he was calling on the Pirates.
After the ejections it looked like the bad calls intensified against the hometeam.
In fairness to the hitters(or batters), on both teams, it is harder to do your job when an ump like that has such an erratic strike zone, in my opinion.
Bad Calls Evev Out
July 27th, 20113:20 pm
When a bad call by the umps costs the Braves a game.later in the season.remember this game , Braves Fans, and you wont feel so bad when it happens to you, and it WILL HAPPEN !!!
July 27th, 20113:22 pm
@reckingball:agree with above, unfortunately gonzo will swing at any pitch, anytime,anywhere…
July 27th, 20113:41 pm
alex…….Can’t argue that fact. But he did hit a couple of hard balls, that the Pirates middle infielders were able to make good plays on, last night. Not his usual flailing SOs, or popouts, or weak grounders.
July 27th, 20114:03 pm
I’ll give proctor creditor for one thing : asked what it was like to come in, after being all alone in the bullpen, then pitch 3 scoreless innings and get the game winning hit (his first hit, btw) after all the troubles so far this year … his answer … “well … I guess usually most people don’t like me … “
bring back blauser
July 27th, 20114:08 pm
scott boras was pulling the strings in the beltran trade to giants. personally i am glad braves did not get him. the price is too high for a rental player. i prefer going after pence at least he would be under braves control whether they sign him or trade him. at least we get real value for him
July 27th, 20114:21 pm
One of the worst calls in baseball history… The umpire (and crew) should be fired or sent back to little league where they belong..
July 27th, 20114:37 pm
Just like you can’t assume a double play in scoring a game, the onus is on the defense to prove a tag. You can’t assume a tag was made. And there was no evidence that a tag was made. Runner safe.
July 27th, 20114:59 pm
@bring back blauser –> Houston has reported this morning, that they will not be trading Pence. (personally, I’m not buying it).. If they “do” happen to trade him , he is going to the Phillies…
Coach (2011 Fredi G. a go!)
July 27th, 20115:17 pm
Did anybody not watch last nights game besides myself?
OK, yea it lasted nineteen innings but what screwed the pooch happened early on. First inning, McLouth on third, nobody out. We failed to execute and didn’t score. Again, sixth inning. Runners on second and third, nobody out. AGAIN, we failed to execute simple basic fundamental baseball while not scoring.
What happens…..McCann gets hurt in the tenth inning, our bullpen gets torched, Schafer re-injures himself after being forced to play. All because of one reason…..
TOO MANY CHIEFS, NOT ENOUGH INDIANS. TOO MANY WANNABE HEROES, NOT ENOUGH BALL PLAYERS, TOO MANY SELFISH ATHLETES, NOT ENOUGH TEAM PLAYERS.
And the beat goes on.
July 27th, 20116:05 pm
Hey – I love Baseball and I’m into watching the whole game. When I saw that play – I was thinking he’s out but if Schafer can get to third – with Prado coming up – then . . . .
At least it was not one of those “in the area” calls. We see it at second base all the time. I’m glad the ump saw it as though no tag was made.
Argue – say what you might – but that’s Baseball
July 27th, 20116:26 pm
Tru dat rayray
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July 28th, 20118:18 am
I think I’d quietly get out of the clubhouse without comment if I had been handed and unearned win in the 19th by a bad call. Not just a bad one but an acknowledged and recognized bad call.
MLB is relishing being a game of the 1800s in the face of modern technology and compensations. They must not realize that they are the recognized for the worst call in professional sports, a durable title given the quality, clarity and convincing video easily available.
July 28th, 20118:32 am
DOB: I’m curious. Could you guys in the press box hear the eight-year-old little girl who screamed her lungs out for her beloved Pirates during the ENTIRE game broadcast.
Yes, we could hear her. Any shouting echoed through the mostly empty ballpark in the late innings. She was the Energizer Bunny.
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