It seems that each day, MLB umpiring gets worse and worse.
The latest victim of a bad called third strike was Boston Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki.
Plawecki was rung up on a 2-2 pitch from Atlanta Braves’ reliever Collin McHugh that was below the strike zone.
Plawecki slammed his helmet to the ground in anger before he was subsequently ejected from the game.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora came out to defend Plawecki before being ejected himself.
One fan tweeted a video of the incident and declared in the caption that it might just be time to have a “national conversation” on the state of MLB umpiring.
We might need to have a national conversation about the state of MLB umpiring right now pic.twitter.com/9hTHV7Ulvs
— Welcome to the Ump Show (@umpjob) May 12, 2022
It’s Time For Robot Umpires
There’s no “might” about it.
It is well past time to have that conversation about MLB umpires.
They seem to get worse by the day.
They just can’t seem to comprehend that nobody comes to watch them make calls.
A simple solution would be the electronic strike zone, programmed to be 100% accurate on each of its ball and strike calls.
That would reduce the number of bad calls made by home plate umpires, at least one would assume.
But players and fans alike are frustrated at the number of bad calls umpires make, even beyond balls and strikes.
It takes away from the game and all the excitement that comes with it.
Fans don’t come to the ballpark to watch umpires do their jobs.
They come to see their favorite teams and players in action.
And when umpires continue to make poor calls, the game becomes less exciting.
Players and fans are both tired of seeing umpires try and make the game about them as opposed to what really matters, which is players and teams providing entertainment.