The days of Major League Baseball Umpires screwing up calls are over!
MLB has decided to expand it’s instant replay system. Now each manager will have at least one challenge per game and would get an extra one if his initial challenge proves correct. In honor of the new instant replay, here are the top five worst calls in MLB History:
5. Joe Mauer’s “Foul Ball”- During Game three of the ALDS between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, Joe Mauer hit a foul ball that was clearly a fair ball. Umpire Phil Cuzzi was right in front of it. How in the world did he get it wrong?
4. Pirates got robbed- In a 2011 regular season game against the Atlanta Braves, Home plate umpire Jerry Meals called then Brave Julio Lugo safe when he was clearly out by a mile. Before the game, the Pirates had a winning record. After that, they went into a tailspin.
3. Derek Jeter’s “Home Run” that helped launched a Yankee Dynasty- Right fielder Tony Tarasco moved near the fence and appeared “to draw a bead on the ball” when the then-11-year-old Maier clearly reached over the fence separating the stands and the field of play 9 feet below, snatched the ball with a glove of his own. While baseball fans are permitted to catch (and keep) balls hit into the stands, if “a spectator reaches out of the stands, or goes on the playing field, and touches a live ball” spectator interference is to be called. That kid helped launched a dynasty.
2. The Imperfect Game- Jim Joyce NO!!!!
1. Game Six of the 1985 World Series- St Louis Cardinals fans dread these two words: Don Denkinger.