It's the ultimate variable in sports. It's the frustration of every fan when one man makes a blind call. It's simple, however: Umpires are the last true holders of sports destiny.
The NBA and NFL can pause everything and revert to replays. Baseball can do the same, but only in very specific instances. Even though home-runs can now be replayed, it's only a recent development. Umpires can make a pitchers life hell on every single pitch. They can aggregate an entire city on what they consider to be a strike.
All in all, Umpires may have the hardest job in my humble opinion. That doesn't mean that they don't blow it twice as much as any other sport.
Let us take a fun look at the 5 worst calls in baseball history. For sake of this list, they have to have video proof. Little League, as you will see, is certainly not barred from the terrible umpire association.
First on the list comes the call that ruined a perfect game.
Not much to report on this one, but wow. Not a way to end a game if your the umpire.
This doesn't receive the top spot because it was more of a bonehead move by the player then it was the umpire. For this instance, let's assume it was Merkle that made the call, and oh boy was it a bad one.
The Giants player missed second base and was ruled out after the game ended 2-1. It was revealed he didn't tag second, and after a player noticed, he was tagged out and the Giants were tagged out in a game resulting in a tie.
I don't know why I'm explaining this, just watch the video!
This should be an honorable mention, but the rules are clear. If the ball goes over the bag, it's a fair ball. It doesn't matter if the ball starts foul.
In either case, tough place to call that one foul when your in the bottom of the ninth. This one is debatable.
I mean, are you serious? The kids foot doesn't even touch the bag. Just because this is little league doesn't mean that you can just make a blind call, right?
Again, are you kidding me?
Umpires clearly try to keep it fair in little league. Heck, it's good for the kids to realize that everything is going to be a flip of the coin should they continue to play ball.
I hope this was overturned.