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The worst call of all time thread

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by wrbanwal, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Thought I'd start a new topic.

    Tell us about worst call by an officiating crew in any sport.

    I'll start with must be in the top 3 all time!!!



    Just when you thought the 2009 postseason umpiring couldn't get any worse, Tim McClelland goes ahead and makes what ends up as the worst call — or non-call — of all time.

    Yes, you read that right. The worst call of all time. Not just this postseason. Not this entire season. Not this decade. Not this century. I challenge you to think of one that was worse.

    At this point, not even Kanye West could interrupt to suggest something worse after McClelland left the entire baseball universe shaking its head at his work during the Yankees' 10-1 victory over the Angels in Game 4 of the ALCS.

    To recap: With one out in the top of the fifth inning, New York's Nick Swisher(notes) hit a ground ball back to Darren Oliver(notes). The Angels pitcher immediately threw home and Jorge Posada(notes) was caught in a rundown as he tried to score from third.

    As catcher Mike Napoli(notes) chased Posada, Robinson Cano(notes) did the right thing and moved from second to third on the play. But when Napoli finally neared Posada at third, he noticed that Cano was — for some unknown reason — standing flatfooted a few feet off the base. Napoli alertly tagged Cano and then turned back to tag out Posada, who was experiencing a similar lapse of judgment on the other side of the bag and foul line.

    In a few dumbfounding seconds, it looked like Cano and Posada had joined Dale Berra and Bobby Meacham on the short and embarrassing list of duos to be tagged out by the same defender. But McClelland, despite standing just a few feet away and having the entire debacle right in front of him, only ruled Posada was out. Cano was welcome to third.

    Why McClelland possibly decided that Cano was safe despite not touching the bag until after being tagged is beyond this galaxy's rules of logic and it sent Angel Stadium into a bloodthirsty frenzy. There are simply no words for the ruling, other to say that one of the five other umpires should've offered his assistance, McClelland shouldn't ump another game in this series and that it's time for Bud Selig to stop being stubborn and expand the use of instant replay in baseball past disputed home run calls.

    Simply put, this shouldn't be happening, especially only one day after it looked like the 2009 postseason had turned the corner with two superb endings in both LCS games.

    Here's what McClelland had to say about the play after the game:

    "On the play with Cano and Posada, I thought Cano was on the base. I was waiting for two players to be on the base, and when there was never the situation where both of them were on the base at the same time. When he tagged Cano, I thought Cano was on the base, and when Jorge touched the base and continued and tagged Posada out, I thought Posada was out ...

    "(The replay) showed that Cano was off the bag when he was tagged. I did not see that for whatever reason ... I'm just out there trying to do my job and do it the best I can."

    That McClelland's mistake was minimized by the subsequent out by Melky Cabrera(notes) — the Yankees scored no runs off the snafu — is irrelevant. McClelland also made a big mistake in the fourth inning when he ruled that Swisher left third base early while attempting to score on a sacrifice fly. (Replays showed that he had not.)

    But at least McClelland will have second base umpire Dale Scott as a partner in commiseration tonight, because Swisher was picked off at second earlier in the inning and shouldn't have even been at third. (That call, of course, was also blown.)
  2. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    That was a bad call

    Though no one notes that the Yankees lost a run when that same umpire ignored Nick Swisher tagging on a fly ball. They called him out anyway even though he did it perfectly.

    I don't deny though that the Yanks are getting some calls, more then the Angels. Doesn't mean that's the only way they're beating them. I think that's called A-Rod :lol:
  3. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Two words: Ed Hochuli
  4. paddyirishman

    paddyirishman BoltTalker

    Jul 11, 2009

    Check out above link on youtube or search for "The Goal that Never was" on youtube.

    Happended earlier this year. Match was between Crystal Palance FC and Bristol City FC in The Championship (league below the Premiership)

    Palace player has a shot and scores, however the ball bounces back off the bar that runs along the ground at the back of the goal.

    From were the linesman was standing, he thought it went wide of the goal and came back of advertising hoarding.

    Refereee for some reason agreed and no goal was given.

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