MLB Umpires Continue Making The Game About Them

We have an ump show in Kansas City. Astros Ryan Pressly was in to close out the Royals up 7-3 with two outs in the ninth when home plate umpire Vic Carapazza decided he wasn’t receiving enough attention.

A 2-0 fastball ran inside narrowly missing Royals’ Michael A Taylor and Pressly was ejected.

Major League umpires, presuming they’re human beings, will naturally make mistakes. Nothing wrong with that, although we’d prefer they did this job as close to perfect as they can. Unfortunately, umpires have begun taking recent complaints about their performances personal, and it’s impacting the outcome of games. In this case, an umpire just took control of this game in just about the worst way imaginable leaving the Astros forced to burn through another bullpen arm.

Complete stupidity that needs to be handled expeditiously. Mistakes due to physical mistakes will make us complain, but when feelings get involved and we’re forced to talk about the umpires rather than the game? We take exception to that and demand change. How much more of this can go on?

No one’s intentionally throwing at hitters up four an out away from cleaning up a win. Let’s get it together.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. I was watching the game, the entire game. When Alvarez was plunked with a breaking pitch, there was no yapping from the Astros dugout. They just went and added three runs. There were no bad feelings. These teams hardly play each other, it’s not like there’s a history.

    BTW, if Pressley was trying to hit a guy, he’d have drilled him with a 95mph fast ball on the first pitch of the at bat. The game was hardly out of reach. Pressley wasn’t going to take that chance.

    Carapazo is a complete douche.

  2. I was at the game. It was three consecutive pitches inside, but something that sure seemed like it was on its way to being resolved without the intervention.

    Now, when the teams play again in a few weeks this will be front and center, and that’s what I don’t understand. The umpire’s action did not diffuse the situation, it escalated it.

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