Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dodgers lose but does baseball need replays?

Juan Rivera throws behind the runner Russell Martin on second following a single and gets the last out of a 2-1 game in the top of the ninth in a game won by the Angels over the Dodgers on 24 June 2010.

But was Martin really out? TV replays showed Martin had gotten back to the bag, and Torre went to argue, but it was just a formality.

Not exactly the loss of a perfect game, but still a bad call. Are bad calls just "part of the game," or does baseball need appeals?
Patent law has the BPAI and the CAFC. Imagine a world wherein the patent examiner's call was the final out.

**Another blown call [ Leyland says Cederstrom admits missing call ] -->

Gary Cederstrom acknowledged he erred when he called a third strike on Johnny Damon that ended the Atlanta Braves’ 4-3 win over the Tigers on Saturday night with the bases loaded.

“It was a sweeping pitch, going away from Damon,” Cederstrom told a pool reporter from the Detroit Free Press after the game. “It looked good coming in, then broke late.”

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said on Sunday that he called Cederstrom after the game and the umpire said, “‘I kicked it. I knew it right away.”’

Replays showed the full-count pitch from Peter Moylan was outside. A walk would have tied the game.

“My timing was fast,” Cederstrom said. “Whenever you have fast timing as an umpire, you usually get in trouble.”

Said Leyland: “The pitch wasn’t even close.” Holding his hands about a foot apart, he said, “It was that much outside.”

Cederstrom’s gaffe follows the missed call by umpire Jim Joyce that cost Detroit’s Armando Galarraga(notes) a perfect game on June 2. Joyce later apologized to Galarraga.

And, in the world of soccer, FIFA ignoring mistakes, writing sickeningly glossed history

Anger, fear and paranoia abound as the blatantly horrible referee mistakes pile up like the massive amounts of cash being generated by the 2010 World Cup. The two most recent incidents -- Frank Lampard's disregarded goal against Germany and Carlos Tevez's miles offside opening score against Mexico -- were so bad that they go beyond mere errors in judgment and have some considering more sinister puppeteering at work.

And the justification of that is growing. Already resolute in their anti-technology/instant replay stubbornness, FIFA is now trying to ensure there is no evidence against referee rulings inside the stadiums, as there was when Tevez's offside goal was shown on Soccer City's big screens, which caused Mexican players to intensify their protests.

From the AP:
FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said Monday that replaying the incident was “a clear mistake.”

“This will be corrected and we will have a closer look into that,” Maingot told a news conference Monday [28 June 2010]. “We will work on this and be a bit more, I would say, tight on this for the games to be played.”
Maingot said the screens were used to broadcast a FIFA “infotainment program” to fans before the match and could be used to replay some match action.

***Of the soccer ball itself, from

While the Jabulani has been universally panned, several players have spoken positively about it: Kaka approved of the contact it offers, Petr Cech liked the way it felt, and before he used it to hit the crossbar twice with one shot, Frank Lampard said it was "true to hit". And you'll never guess which German sportswear company those players are sponsored by...

***UPDATE on 26 July 2010. Yankees victimized by TWO bad calls, but win anyway:

With Mark Teixeira(notes) on first and one out, Rodriguez hit a sinking liner that appeared to touch the ground before going into the glove of left fielder Trevor Crowe. Teixeira saw it that way and was pointing to the ground and saying the ball had been trapped as he stood on second base. Meals, however, ruled it a catch and when second baseman Jason Donald took Crowe’s throw and tagged Teixeira, the inning was over.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi argued, but the call stood. TV replays showed the ball appeared to hit the turf.


The Yankees also came within inches of scoring in the fifth but got nothing. Posada drew a one-out walk and Granderson followed with a drive off the top of the wall in right, just missing a homer. Right fielder Choo grabbed the ball on the rebound and threw to second, where Granderson was called out by second-base ump Dale Scott. Replays showed Granderson was safe, though nobody argued.

Source: Granderson’s 2-run HR helps Yanks top Indians 3-2


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