Gaby Sanchez’s hard ninth-inning grounder past Phillies third baseman Greg Dobbs and down the left-field line should have given the Marlins a 5-4 victory, with Hanley Ramirez cruising toward the plate from second base. Instead, the veteran umpire Davidson called the ball foul—and stuck to his guns even after watching video (like this) that seemed to indicate to everyone else that he had seen it wrong.
“I have the highest respect for the umpires and I know they’re doing their best out there, but that was one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen in my 30 years of professional baseball,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez told reporters. “That was bad. That ball was a fair ball by six inches. He never even was looking at that play.”
...“I was right on top of it and it was wide of the bag, that’s all. I had it foul,” Davidson said. “In my opinion, where it goes over the bag, you can’t tell. After a bounce, it came an inch or two on the fair side, but ... it was very close. But I’m right there. I know what I saw.”
As did pretty much everyone else who watched it live or in super-slow-motion.
“The ball never landed in foul territory. Dreadful,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said.
Posted: August 06, 2010 at 12:20 PM | 92 comment(s)
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