Rogue umpire Bill Hohn and the Atlanta Braves have not gotten along very well this season.
It started at Fenway back in June when Hohn called a ball on a 2-2 pitch that was right down the middle to J.D. Drew. The next pitch Drew hit an RBI double.
A few innings later, when Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty was squeezed on a similar pitch, Hohn tossed O'Flaherty, Bobby Cox, and Chipper Jones. Yes, on the same play.
The Braves lost the game as a direct result of the idiotic ball call.
Last night the Braves met up with Hohn's crew again. This time the home plate umpire was Jerry Meals. Hohn was at first.
Meals would cost the Braves the game in the bottom of the ninth by not calling pitches that were right down the middle for strikes.
Then came tonight. Hohn was in rare form yet again, calling strikes against the Braves that were literally a foot off the plate.
Yet when the Marlins were at bat, no such luck for Atlanta pitchers.
Cox was barking all evening until Hohn took things to another level.
In this list I will detail exactly what happened and will point out exactly why this rogue umpire should not only lose his job, but should also be forced to give back his pay for both of these games.
As I detailed in the introduction slide, Hohn screwed up the basic purpose of being an umpire.
I'm sure the definition of a strike is covered on day one of umpire school.
Unfortunately, this one would cost the Braves a huge game on Father's Day at Boston.
On Wednesday night Hohn called a strike on Brian McCann that was literally in the right-handed batter's box.
When McCann said something, Hohn took off his mask to try to pick a fight...more on that in a minute.
Hohn was clearly ready for the Braves tonight. He clearly screwed the pooch all night for the purpose of arguing.
Every time Bobby would say something in the dugout, which most professional umpires usually ignore, Hohn would take off the mask and yell back into the dugout.
He took his mask off when McCann, without looking in Hohn's direction as to show him up, questioned the strike call that was a foot off the plate.
He would stoop to a whole new level moments later...
Hohn called timeout and walked over to the Braves dugout. He then called Cox to him. They argued a little. Bobby was clearly seen asking Hohn to "just call the game."
Hohn stood there and then inexplicably took out his lineup card and started fiddling with it to incite Bobby's wrath.
He got his wish. Bobby said the magic word, and Hohn tossed him after clearly baiting him.
In perhaps the most maddening moment of the game tonight, rogue umpire Bill Hohn fist-bumped the Marlins catcher after the game was over.
This is a CLEARLY blatant move that Hohn had it in for the Braves tonight.
Hohn should be fired IMMEDIATELY!
I'm not usually one to advocate violence in any situation. But tomorrow night for the finale of this series, it would not bother me one bit if McCann accidentally moves his glove at the last minute to allow Hohn to catch one in that nasty porn mustache.
He is a bush league ump and had it in for the Braves tonight.