Were Umpires Negligent in Not Stopping Angels-O's Game Despite Obvious Monsoon?

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIJune 10, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 10: Second basemen Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim warms up as the Baltimore Orioles grounds crew attempts to dry the field in the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 10, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Do we have another umpire problem on our hands?

After what transpired Monday between the Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles, it would seem so.

Infield dirt in Camden Yards all mud and puddles. Really can't believe this game is still being played. Jones sac fly. #Orioles 4-2 lead.

— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) June 11, 2013

That's right, with the rain falling as hard as it was, the game was still played into the bottom of the sixth.

NOW the umps are calling for tarp and rain delay? Wow ... in my opinion, this was poorly handled by Joe West and crew. #Angels #Orioles

— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) June 11, 2013

As if this season hasn't been bad enough for the Angels, then this news comes along.

We've been told that if play doesn't resume, the #orioles will win 4-2.

— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) June 11, 2013

DiGiovanna also had this to point out:

This is same crew that made #Cardinals and #Royals wait out a 5-hour rain delay recently. #Angels-#Orioles #rain

— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) June 11, 2013

This hasn't been a good year thus far for umpires.

From the number of missed calls, which dates back to last year's one-game playoff between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves to the multiple times umpires have tried to show up players, it hasn't been good.

The biggest question is, why was the game continued to be played?

Joe West is the worst umpire in MLB, why is he allowed to continue to ump? Another bad decision by that moron! #Angels #Orioles

— Dan Rios (@angelfandan) June 11, 2013

Some fans are getting fed up with the umpires, especially West, who is on the other end of another bad umpiring decision.

Many could guess the umpires wanted to give the Orioles a chance to score in the bottom of the sixth the same way the Angels scored in the top half of the inning.

It happened between the Braves and New York Mets in a game earlier in the year. The Braves scored two in the top of the eighth when the teams shouldn't have been playing. So, the Mets then got their chance and scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 5-5.

Neither team should have batted because of the rain, but the umpires' bad decision came to the forefront when an error and wild pitch allowed the runs to score for the Mets.

The only humor that comes out of this is the Orioles had an old baseball saying actually come true...literally.

Orioles may have had "ducks on the pond" before they finally went to a rain delay. But i think i saw actual ducks on a pond near shortstop.

— Nick DeMott (@Nick_DeMott) June 11, 2013

With the kind of rain that was falling, there wouldn't have been actual ducks. But using baserunners in place of ducks (which is done in the saying), there literally were ducks on the pond.

Back to the issue at hand...this game shouldn't have continued with it raining as much as it was.

The game should have been delayed and finished when the weather was more suitable.

Baseball needs to have a system in place for calling games. Something that is across the board.

Frankly, we can't continue to have games be decided because umpires fail to call a game due to the weather when everybody else knows they should.