Umpiring in the AL West

“How often does an umpire affect the outcome of a game?

For the Oakland Athletics, the answer may be, “One too many times.” Last Wednesday, Oakland shortstop Adam Rosales represented the tying run in a 4-3 contest between the Athletics and the Cleveland Indians. In the 9th inning, he answered Chris Perez’s fastball with a shot to left-center field, where the ball bounced off the top of the wall and back onto the field.

At first glance, crew chief Angel Hernandez ruled it a double, but was soon urged by Athletics’ manager Bob Melvin to verify his findings with video replay. During the delay, the televised broadcast replayed the hit multiple times, revealing to viewers that the ball had ricocheted off a railing right above the yellow line. According to both teams’ broadcasters, Rosales had just hit the game-tying home run.”

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