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Did the Minnesota Twins Get Screwed? Nope, Don't Think So

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 7: Danny Valencia #19 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to a called third strike in the seventh inning during game two of the ALDS game against the New York Yankees on October 7, 2010 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)
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Joseph AlbersonAnalyst IOctober 8, 2010

To everyone that thinks the Minnesota Twins got screwed by the umpire who called the pitch before the Yankees' Lance Berkman got the RBI hit a ball, when it was actually a strike, the umpire had already called an earlier pitch in that at bat a strike when it was clearly six inches off the plate.

Essentially, it was a make-up call (even though it shouldn't be necessary) and had no effect on the at bat. The umpire for the Yankees-Twins game missed pitches on the outside corner of the plate all night. A lot of the "strikes" looked to be about six inches or more off the plate, and should have been called balls.
I agree with what former player, and current TBS analyst David Wells said recently. Everyone wants to incorporate more replay in baseball, but it only is a bandage for the real problem—poor umpiring.

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