Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/20/14

We're not even a quarter of the way into the 2013 season, and the umpiring across MLB has had its fair share of awful moments. Perhaps the worst part about all of these gaffes is that there isn't really a consistent problem. Of the five gaffes listed below, they're all different and unique in nature. It's not as if strike zones have been egregiously bad all year, or that numerous replay calls have been botched; it's been a little bit of everything across the board. April 8th. Rays vs Rangers Umpire: Marty Foster Player Screwed: Ben Zobrist The lone ball/strike call on this list is one of the worst I've seen in awhile, because A) it ended the game, and B) the Rays were in a position to put together a rally and take the lead against the Rangers. Foster's strike three call on Ben Zobrist came on a Joe Nathan pitch that was *way* out of the strike zone, and was a call that was so bad that Foster eventually admitted after the game that he probably wouldn't have called that pitch a strike if he had another chance. April 28th. Rays vs White Sox Umpire: Tom Hallion Players Screwed: David Price, Jeremy Hellickson For a brief recap of Price's Twitter tirade towards Hallion, check out our post on it. But anyway, what happened was that Hallion didn't punch out Dewayne Wise on a clear strike and Price was agitated. He retired Wise on the next pitch, but then Hallion started snapping at Price as he left the field, leading to the ejection of Hellickson when he defended his teammate. Price, Hellickson, and Matt Moore all took to Twitter after the game to defend themselves against Hallion and his denials of the situation, and earned fines in the process. May 5th. Nationals vs Pirates Umpire: John Hirschbeck Player Screwed: Bryce Harper Everyone loves to hate on Bryce Harper because of a preconceived notion that he's a whiny diva or something along those lines, but his ejection by John Hirschbeck last weekend was a joke. Hirschbeck called Harper out on a check swing that looked borderline (to put it mildly), but that's not the real controversy surrounding this situation. After calling Harper out, Hirschbeck essentially made himself the center of attention before ejecting Harper, who had barely even injected himself into the controversy. Umpires really think fans are coming to the game to see them, right? May 8th. Athletics vs Indians Umpire: Angel Hernandez Player Screwed: Adam Rosales This is the worst "call" on the list by far. Rosales hit what would have been a game-tying home run in the ninth inning, but it was called a double on the field. Cool, that's what instant replay is for. The umpires checked out the replay and kept looking...and kept looking...and kept looking...and eventually decided that Rosales' double would stand instead of being called a home run, despite numerous replays shown on both the home and away broadcasts showing that the ball clearly was a home run. To add insult to injury, crew chief Angel Hernandez then didn't allow his responses to reporters' questions after the game to be recorded. He clearly was comfortable with his bad decision. May 9th. Angels vs Astros Umpire: Fieldin Culbreth Player Screwed: Scott Cousins, but really, all of the Angels. The umpires in this situation didn't know a rule. THEY DIDN'T KNOW A RULE. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth was the one who got the largest punishment of the crew (a two game suspension and a fine), but the rest of his crew didn't exactly speak up and realize that a pitcher needs to face at least one batter if he's brought in for the middle of an inning. The Angels played the game under protest (which I think would have been upheld, mind you), but eventually ended up dropping that protest when they won the game. It's pretty inexcusable for a crew to not know the rules of the game, but that's what happened here. Perhaps the worst part about all of these calls is that none of these umpires are new kids to the block that haven't had much experience under the bright lights of an MLB stadium. Foster is the least experienced of the five umpires profiled in these five calls, and he's been a major league umpire since 1999. To put that in perspective, the only players to receive votes in the 1999 MVP voting that have played at all this season are Jason Giambi and Mariano Rivera (with Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez on the DL). Hell, only three of the 15 players to receive Rookie of the Year votes in 1999 are still active (Carlos Beltran, Freddy Garcia, Tim Hudson). These umpires aren't fresh faces like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Starling Marte, Manny Machado, and so on and so forth. These are long-time, experienced umpires, and their flubs this season have been brutal. I'm sure this won't be the last we're going to hear of the umpires this season, however. We've still got over 75% of the year left. [follow]

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