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.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) October 15, 2022
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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