Umpire Tim Welke blew a call so badly in the Dodgers-Rockies game on Wednesday that it’s almost comical to see how much he missed it.
Dodgers infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. grounded a ball to Rockies third baseman Chris Nelson who made a diving stop and threw across the diamond in the top of the 6th. His throw pulled Todd Helton a couple feet off the first base bag, yet Welke gave the Rockies the call to end the inning.
As you can see in the image above, Welke isn’t even in position to see the bag. It was just an awful, awful call all the way around. What’s almost worse than the missed call is that none of the other umpires overruled him.
If this isn’t a great example for the need for expanded use of instant replay, I don’t know what is. Easily the worst call since Jerry Meals last year.
This makes you wonder if the MLB should be hiring umpires with better eyesight. Watching the officiating in baseball can sometimes be so frustrating that you want to smash your TV. There has been no call worse than the one against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday though. If you want to watch a video of it you have to go here because the MLB is on top of ripping every single...
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This afternoon, Tim Welke gave us this.
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Remember the call in the Armando Galarraga perfect game from a couple years ago? That was at least a bang-bang play. Check out this call by first base umpire Tim Welke, which was much, much worse. Jerry Hairston grounds it to third baseman Chris Nelson, who makes a nice diving stop and throws over to Todd Helton at first. Not only does Hairston appear to beat the throw to the bag...
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