Found April 09, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
At the end of last night's Rays-Rangers game, home plate umpire Marty Foster called Ben Zobrist out on a pitch that was (clearly) a ball, as you can see in the video above. Also in the video above, you can see the reactions from Zobrist and Rays manager Joe Maddon, who were clearly displeased at the awful call. But while the call was clearly a disgrace, and Foster won't even have to publicly defend his call (thanks MLB!), just how much of a screwjob was it? During Zobrist's at bat against Joe Nathan, he didn't swing the bat once, and was thrown just one pitch that was in the strike zone. Take a look at the strikezone map. The pitch in question is labeled as #6 on here, and was clearly outside while also being at the bottom edge of the zone. There's no questioning it was an awful call, and that Foster screwed up. Nathan closed out the game by striking out Zobrist while throwing one pitch that was even a borderline strike. That takes skill. The w...
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