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Dodgers: Home Plate Umpire Not Doing LA Any Favors in the First Inning

Umpires intend to be neutral. Even when you look at the umpire scorecard the next day and see that an umpire favored one team over another, it’s almost never entirely against one team or for the other. The basic fact is that umpires miss calls, and a missed call has to go against one team and for the other, even if there’s no bias.

Now, there are things MLB could do, like give postseason assignments to umpires who are the best at their jobs instead of those who have been doing their jobs the longest, but let’s face it, that’s a good idea, so Rob Manfred isn’t likely to get on board any time soon. So, for the time being, we’re stuck with postseason umpires who aren’t necessarily the best in the business. In fact, they’re often among the worst.

The home-plate umpire for Friday night’s Game 3 is Mark Carlson, and with every call magnified in the postseason, Dodger fans are already fired up over some missed calls.

Freddie Freeman struck out looking in the first inning without ever taking the bat off his shoulder, and at least one of the three strikes appeared to be off the plate. Then Tony Gonsolin got squeezed in the bottom of the first, unleashing the social media frustration.

Hopefully, this game will end up being decided by the players on the field. All we can ask for in a postseason game is for the players to win and lose and the umpires to be mostly invisible.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. Until the MLB allows electronic strikes and not human error we are going to have problems with the calls by umpires. It is indeed an imperfect situation and the only way to fairly determine strikes is to allow electronic strikes. Why the MLB is so in favor of allowing the human error to determine the outcomes of games is indeed frustrating. It seems they want the human factor to decide games that have a lot of impact on the game, why? That is my question.

  2. Now that the dodgers have choked again, when will the Padres be accused of cheating? Of course, anyone beating them HAS to be cheating is what dodgerfan will cry and whine for years now.

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