Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Examiner questions the umpire

The Examiner's Stephen Goff was blown away by Brian Runge's inability to tell the wide strikes. I watched a few innings of this game before my mood was visibly altered, and The Wife asked me not to watch it anymore if I "was going to be like that."

However, during the Arizona Diamondbacks' 1-0 shutout win over the Houston Astros Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, home-plate umpire Brian Runge executed one of the worst jobs I have ever seen in all my years of watching Major League Baseball.

Honestly, I am speechless -- Runge had one of the widest strike zones, which infuriated Astros manager Brad Mills, Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch and position players on both sides of the diamond.

Anyone agree/disagree?


Ryan Sides said...

It was wide, but at least it was (mostly) consistent. I didn't think it was all that bad -- maybe I've just seen so much worse in the Southland Conference -- but don't we teach players to adjust to whatever zone is being called?

AstroAndy said...

Ha, my wife does that too.

I listen because I know what's good for me.