In a crucial AL East Divisional match-up between the New York Yankees, and Baltimore Orioles Jerry Meals costs the Yankees a chance at a victory in the top of the 9th inning with this blown call.
According to the ump, Mark Teixiera was out on this play.twitpic.com/aslv7k
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) September 9, 2012
As you can see Mark Teixeira is clearly safe in this photo. However, first base umpire Jerry Meals doesn’t agree with you, or me. Teixeira was called out, resulting in a game ending double play. Calls like these have to be made in a series that could eventually decide first place in the American League East. Especially when these teams were a game apart before the game began. It’s just that simple.
Bud Selig clearly needs to realize that baseball needs a full instant replay system, and not just on foul ball home runs. If they could install a system similar to the NFL, then that would be great. Three challenges a game, and umpires will need to go to the booth during the 9th on any questionable calls.
Meals blew this call last season in a game between the Pirates and Braves.
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