Cory Blaser and Marty Foster struggled last week

One of my goals when writing about baseball is to make the sport the best that it can be. The way things are now, baseball is being controlled by people that refuse to use technology to make the sport better.  Baseball should have instant replay by now, and we should all see where each pitch crosses the plate. Anyone who saw how the game ended in Texas last week could see how umpire...
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April 15, 2013  |  Discuss

A Gentle Plea for Less Selective Rule Enforcement

The other day, Marty Foster got himself in the headlines when he made a controversial call to end a close game between the Rays and the Rangers. “Controversial” is a more charitable way of saying “bad”. On that night, Foster’s judgment helped the Rangers win. On Wednesday afternoon, Foster’s judgment helped the Rays win instead, but this hasn’t generated nearly the...
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April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

How badly did Marty Foster screw the Rays?

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...
Via The Outside Corner
April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Umpire Marty Foster Ends Rays-Rangers Game on Awful Third-Strike Call (Video)

So maybe this is what that gong is for. On Monday it was revealed that Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has had a gong installed in center field of Tropicana Field. While the use of the gong remained unclear, perhaps it’s for signaling awful calls by the umpires. On Monday evening, the Rangers traveled to Tampa to play the Rays. With Texas up 5-4 in the ninth inning, the team...
April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 May Not Have A Worse Game-Ending Strike Call Than This

The Rangers beat the Rays last night, but perhaps only because Marty Foster's strike zone extends to Plano. This was the strikeout the ended the game, a 5-4 Texas victory, and Tampa Bay is wondering what could should have been. Joe Nathan had been shaky. He had already given up one run. There was a runner on first. Ben Zobrist saw that Nathan couldn't find the plate, so he...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays Game Ends On Absolutely Horrendous Called Third Strike

This one is just baffling to me.  The Rays got hosed by umpire Marty Foster in the top of the ninth on one of the worst called third strikes I have ever seen, and probably will see.  The Rays were only down a run (5-4) in the top of the ninth and Ben Zobrist was facing a full count with Joe Nathan on the mound.  Nathan threw what looked to be a slider which ended up low and outside...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Ump Marty Foster's blown call enables Joe Nathan to notch 300th save; Radio, TV broadcasters pissed

Joe Nathan picked up his 300th save on Monday night in the Rangers’ 5-4 win over Tampa Bay. Helped out by umpire Marty Foster. Your browser does not support iframes. “I saw the pitch and, of... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Well, Marty Foster, that sure stunk

Well, it took us nine days, but we have our first major umpiring controversy of the season . Cogratulations, Marty Foster. Here's the setup: With the Texas Rangers holding on to a 5-4 lead at home over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, closer Joe Nathan was far from dominating. Sitting on 299 career saves, Nathan had already allowed one run to score and had a runner on third...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Nathan Gets Save 300 With an Assist from Marty Foster

Once upon a summer's day, Joe Nathan was as elite a reliever as you could find in all of baseball. As a member of the one-time Major League Baseball organization Minnesota Twins, Nathan established himself as such with an ERA+ of 204 and accruing 18.4 WAR according to Baseball-Reference. He appeared in four All Star Games and had two seasons where he finished in the top five...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Cards-Dodgers game begins with 3 umpires

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals began their game with a three-man umpire crew because Eric Cooper went out with an illness on a 103-degree day. Replacement John Tumpane arrived in the middle of the third and went to third base Tuesday night. Marty Foster moved from third to second. D.J. Reyburn was behind the plate with Jeff Kellogg at first base.
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

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