Saturday August 8, 2009
In the worst blown call by an umpire since game 163 in 2007 when Holliday never touched home plate, home plate umpire Lance Barksdale called Everth Cabrera out on a play in which he was clearly safe in the bottom of the 5th inning.
Manager Bud Black was thrown out of the game for arguing the call.
Now Black will be fined for being thrown out of the game. A MINIMUM of $25,000.
Will Barksdale be fined or be suspended because he missed such an obvious play that he was in the perfect position to see?
If the Padres lose the game by a single run will the commissioners office make the Mets come back and play it over from that point on?
Of course not. Umpires get to act with complete impunity. No matter how bad they are or the result of their mistakes, they cannot be punished in any way.
Its a joke.
There needs to be instant replay for plays like that. They did it for home runs, its time to add plays at the plate. Its also time to give managers a red flag so they can challenge any call.
I also think that in this case, Barksdale should pay Black's fine. It won't give the run back or the game back if it results in a Padres loss, but it would take some of the sting out of a horrid call by the umpire.
(note: If I mispelled anything sorry. No spell check on my Crackberry.)