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“You have to be able to overcome those things”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 08, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

One more reminder, Sam and I are chatting at 3:15 this afternoon.

ALDS Yankees Twins BaseballTwo games into this Division Series, there have already been two controversial calls. There was the catch/non-catch on Wednesday, and the 1-2 pitch to Lance Berkman on Thursday. This is all coming one year after the Joe Mauer non-double in last year’s Division Series between these two teams.

“I think you could look at calls and say, you know, during the course of 150 pitches thrown on each side, that pitchers are going to get some strikes and maybe they don’t get a strike,” Joe Girardi said. “I mean, that’s going to happen. I mean, these umpires aren’t robots and they don’t have X-ray vision. There are pitches that sometimes we think are strikes and we don’t get them, and that’s part of the game, and you have to be able to overcome those things.”

As a general rule, I don’t get too worked up about umpires. It’s a group of guys trying to make the right call on plays that the rest of us get to see in super slow motion on television. But we’re two games into this series, and umpires have been a topic of discussion after each one. There have been similar calls in the other Division Series matchups. Amy K. Nelson has reported that the players union has requested a meeting with the umpires. The situation is hard to ignore.

Last night, Major League Baseball sent someone to get comments from crew chief Jerry Crawford. Reporters weren’t allowed to go, we simply got a piece of paper with Crawford’s quotes. Here is the entire text:

Q. What did Gardenhire say?
JERRY CRAWFORD: Balls and strikes. That simple.

Q. Was there anything said regarding the history between Hunter and Ron that’s been public?
JERRY CRAWFORD: Nothing.

Q. Did Hunter say anything about the pitch, the 2-2 to Berkman?
JERRY CRAWFORD: Nothing.

So obviously that was enlightening.

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