A gift from an umpire

What would an international sporting competition be without some controversial officiating? In the 8th inning of a tie game, the Japanese team scored a run on a sacrifice fly. But when the Team USA manager appealed, the third-base umpire was overruled by the crew chief and the run was anulled. Replays were not totally conclusive, but it looked like the initial call, and not the one on appeal, was the correct one. Not only did it cost Japan that run, but the runner’s being called out ended the inning, thus potentially costing more than the one run.

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  1. Although you gotta admit that the WBC has two major problems. First, the Major League umpires were unwilling to fill in due to the contractual dispute with MLB. Second–and this is huge–unlike FIFA’s soccer world cup and many other international competitions, where you have impartial referees here you have a US umpire misjudging a play favoring the US. That sucks!
    If the WBC wants to mimic the success of the FIFA World Cup (and I would love it) it needs to allow crews of umpires from other countries otherwise the integrity and credibility of the tournament will fall under suspicion.

  2. This isn’t really a direct reply to this post, but I went to the Mexico-South Korea game at Anaheim last night and now I’m hooked. The game had the atmosphere of an international soccer match, with fans of both sides chanting for their teams. The Mexican fans would chant “Si Se Puede” and the Korean fans would chant the name of the player at bat. The game had a little of everything, home runs, great pitching and a great finish. The Mexicans got the tying run to third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Padre Chan Ho Park got the last out. Korea won 2-1. Both teams used a little different strategy than you would probably see in the US majors. The Korean manager made multiple pitching changes during innings, even with no one on two outs. The Mexican manager used at least three pinch runners during the game. It could have been that there is so much on the line that both managers felt the need to manage that way, or it could have been the managing style used in the respective countries. I thought it was interesting.

    One last thing. The PA system had announcers in English, Spanish and Korean.

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