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FAGAN: Series has been a stinker compared with recent Fall Classics
By the letter of the rule, Rule 5.09, Turner was called out for not being inside the 45-foot “lane” for runners headed toward first base:
MLB’s chief baseball officer, Joe Torre, also backed Holbrook after the game. Torre emphasized that Turner interfered by running into Gurriel’s mitt as the ball was arriving.
Torre also clarified what was going during what the world thought was a video review. He said the call was not being reviewed, because it was a judgment call and thus not reviewable. Instead, Nationals manager Dave Martinez was seeking to protest the game for a rule misinterpretation, and the umpires were huddling with MLB’s replay center in New York to determine whether Martinez could protest.
He could not, because, again, Holbrook made a judgment call.
“It shouldn’t have been that long,” Torre said of the on-field confab. “It should never be that long, and we have to take ownership of that.” (MLB also needs to take ownership of the fact that people didn’t know what was going on because MLB, as usual, chose not to explain anything in real time.)
Holbrook eventually ejected Martinez between half-innings after a long, loud and angry rant by the skipper. Cederstom appeared to give Holbrook a glance that seemed to say, “When are you going run him?”
“I saw things differently,” Martinez said, “but I’ll never criticize the umpires. They’re a big part of the game.”
The Martinez-Holbrook-Cederstrom dance put the spotlight right back on the umpires after Barksdale was blasted for his erratic strike zone Sunday in Game 5. Barksdale also earned ridicule for denying Washington a called third strike because Nats catcher Yan Gomes jumped out of his crouch to start moving the ball “around the horn.” Barksdale essentially told Gomes the catcher was showing him up.
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That show of arrogance added to the increasingly negative impression fans and baseball people have of umpires.
This crew will need to be fully on point in Game 7. Wolf will call balls and strikes and Holbrook will be on the right field line. There’s less of a chance that Holbrook will need to make a big call, but as the basebal saying goes, “The ball finds you.”
There’s another saying from different sport: “Ball don’t lie.” Rendon’s home run, in the judgment of Nats players and MLB fans, felt like justice for Holbrook’s call, even if it wasn’t.