People mistakes, and umpires are people, but when an umpire makes a mistake it usually on TV everyone to see it. That was the case yesterday in Colorado when Tim Welke took center stage. It was top of the 6th inning, and Jerry Harriston just hit a ground ball to third. Chris Nelson of the Rockies made a great play but his throw pulled Helton off the bag. Here is a screen grab via Deadspin.
He was called out.
Process that for a second. I know umpires usually get caught up in the moment and when there is a great play in the field they usually give the benefit of the doubt to the defensive team on a bang-bang play. This was not one of those times. Insert Bob Brenly rant about instant replay here. Like I said, they make mistakes, and sometimes it’s so bad that it’s comical, but this could have been avoided. Umpires are stubborn, they can never be wrong on a play, Welke could have easily got some help from the other umpires, but that wouldn’t be “right” but calling Harriston out was?
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