Tim McClelland is generally recognized as one of the best umpires in baseball – even Reggie Jackson admitted as much after yesterday’s game – but there’s no debating that he had a bad night in Game 4. If you’re interested in reading more about how McClelland handled his screw-ups, check out this story from his hometown paper.
My general feeling is that the Swisher call is the more debatable of the two. Did he leave too early? Probably not. But those side-by-side camera shots you see of his foot and Torii Hunter catching the ball aren’t necessarily as reliable as you might believe. TV people have told me that in those situations you’re trying to match up the times on two different cameras to give you the side-by-side look; there’s no guarantee that the times are synced perfectly, so the “proof” may not be as conclusive as you would think.
That said, there’s absolutely no debating the Posada/Cano call. That one was just bad. The best thing you can say about both calls is that, in the end, they didn’t end up impacting the result of the game.