Thursday, September 9, 2010

How many balls in a walk? umpires ask

There's a strange note in Batavia's coverage of last night's G2 against the ValleyCats, mainly, Andrew Robinson's bases-loaded walk in the 5th may not have actually been a walk:

There was some controversy on the call, as the Muckdogs scoreboard and many in the game believed there was only a three-ball count on Bergman. Home plate umpire Chris Tipton — the same ump who tossed most of the Muckdogs’ coaching staff last week — conferred with the other umpires on the diamond, but ultimately decided that Bergman drew the walk.