Meals had a questionable strike zone for most of the night, but his decision at home plate in the 19th inning warrants two questions: Did he get it right? And how much longer before MLB considers a complete instant replay system?
Did Meals make the correct call? After watching many replays and seeing plenty of frozen images gathered by the Twitter universe, it is pretty clear that Braves baserunner, Julio Lugo, as tagged out by Pirates catcher Michael McKenry. My first reaction was “not even close” because the throw beat him by a good 20 feet. However, it is easy to see just how home plate umpire Jerry Meals missed the call.
Put yourself in his shoes. It’s the 19th inning, and you’ve umpired for over six hours. Continue reading
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