Thursday, April 28, 2005

Wendelstedt, Froemming, GFY

Look, I don't want to be the typical fan who bitches and moans about every close call that doesn't go the "right" way. That said, I cannot stand when refs/umps play a controversial role in the outcome of a game. Especially when it happens two days in a row.

The above picture shows Chris Widger clearly tagging Mark Kotsay in front of home plate, right? It would certainly appear that way. It also appeared that way on television, both live and on the replays.

Umpire Bruce Froemming, however, ruled Kotsay safe and the A's went on to a four-run inning. The White Sox went on to lose. That was Tuesday.

Fine. Dandy. Whatever.

Yesterday, Hunter Wendelstedt was the home plate umpire and ruled in the ninth inning that Joe Crede moved to be hit by a pitch. Instead of Crede heading to first to load the bases in a 1-1 game, he was ordered back into the batter's box and popped up on the next pitch. He and Guillen were both ejected for arguing the call. And why shouldn't they? When is that call made? Ever? Guys do it all the time.

It was a questionable decision, and one Wendelstedt seemed eager to make, and I'll leave it at that.

Perhaps tellingly, this was not the first time Wendelstedt has become embroiled in controversey where the White Sox are concerned. Last year Guillen was suspended for two games after an initial altercation with Wendelstedt, and then suspended another two games after seeing Wendelstedt's official report and calling him a liar.

There are few things worse than a ref/ump who continually finds himself in fights and controverseys, especially where the same team is involved. It smells funny.

Like I said, I don't mean to gripe. Bad calls are made all the time. In fact, Crede didn't look too eager to get out of the way of that pitch, and the pitch directly before it looked very close to a third strike. (I can be objective, believe it or not.) Besides, the Sox had opportunities to win both games. They didn't, and it can't all be pinned on the umps.

However, Froemming and Wendelstedt both made very questionable calls in close games, and if you think those calls didn't have at least something to do with both Sox losses, you're nuts. And that's a shame.

Perhaps MLB should review these two clowns before they cause damage to another team.


Blogger steveh2 said...

Bruce has had it in for Chicago since at least 1972, when he squeezed Milt Pappas with two outs in the ninth, going for a perfect game.

10:41 AM  
Blogger UnknownColumn said...

1972, huh? Damn, he's ancient. Actually, when I was watching his inept ass I was thinking that there should really be an age limit or something. That guy is old. He's also morbidly fat.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Jackie Chiles said...

Wow, crystal clear from that photo that dude was safe. That sucks, man.

So, you wish baseball had instant replay or no?

12:32 PM  

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