MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 9: Manager Ron Washington #38 of the Texas Rangers speaks with second base umpire Paul Nauert #39 after Rene Rivera #32 of the Minnesota Twins was called safe during the fifth inning of their game on June 9, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Games like last night are what make it so baffling to me that people in the game, like Bud Selig, are so adamantly opposed to instant replay.
In the fifth inning last night, umpire Paul Nauert just flat out blew a call when Elvis Andrus tagged Rene Rivera while Rivera was still a step off of the second base bag. It looked like a blown call live, replays showed that it was clearly a missed call, and it could have been reversed and rectified in the time Ron Washington spent out on the field arguing the call.
And yet, because Bud Selig and his cronies -- and, make no mistake, the umpires' union -- want to keep the "human element" in place in regards to the game, that call couldn't be reversed, the Minnesota Twins got an extra out in the fifth, and it ended up making a big difference when there was a two out, three run homer by Michael Cuddyer that inning.
It is an obvious, correctable mistake, and instead of using the technology readily available that would allow those mistakes to be rectified, MLB is choosing to simply stick its head in the sand and continue to let umpires make calls that, within thirty seconds, everyone watching the game on TV can see was missed.
Jeff Wilson's game story focuses on the umpiring, saying that Nauert "blatantly missed" the call at second base, and also questioning the double to lead off the bottom of the 9th that came around to score the winning run.
Behind the paywall, Grant talks about the Rangers hitting failing in the clutch.
Bryan Dolgin has his take on last night's game at ESPN Dallas.