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Umpire Tim Welke misses call in Dodgers-Rockies game by a mile

Umpire Tim Welke blew a call so badly in the Dodgers-Rockies game on Wednesday that it’s almost comical to see how much he missed it.

Dodgers infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. grounded a ball to Rockies third baseman Chris Nelson who made a diving stop and threw across the diamond in the top of the 6th. His throw pulled Todd Helton a couple feet off the first base bag, yet Welke gave the Rockies the call to end the inning.

As you can see in the image on the right, Welke isn’t even in position to see the bag. It was just an awful, awful call all the way around. What’s almost worse than the missed call is that none of the other umpires overruled him.

If this isn’t a great example for the need for expanded use of instant replay, I don’t know what is. Easily the worst call since Jerry Meals last year.

Below is video of the play:


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  • Anonymous

    Forget instant replay, what happened to umps getting together to get the call right?

  • Anonymous

    ” What’s almost worse than the missed call is that none of the other umpires overruled him.”

    See Rule 9.02

  • J Oliver Hazley

    What a surprise it’s against the Dodgers. They are the most cheated team in the majors by far. This one was just so bad,even the national media noticed. Ridiculous. This umpire needs to go.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Yes, that’s part of the rules that need to be changed. If I make a huge mistake on this website, I want someone to point it out so that I can fix it, you know? The whole system sucks

  • Anonymous

    The Dodgers are the most cheated team in the majors?  LMAO.  Take off your blue-colored homer glasses.  If anything, the Dodgers are the most babied team out there.  Almost EVERY CALL goes their way.  But, of course, once one doesn’t, Los Angeles fans act as if they’re “the most cheated.”  Give me a break.  I guess that’s to be expected, though.  After all, Los Angeles is home to the most known crybaby in sports — Kobe Bean Bryant.  He thinks he’s fouled every time he touches the ball.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ruperto-Munoz/1030157221 Ruperto Munoz

    They should fire those inept umps, and if you the don’t do anything about it maybe the fans should boycott those games. Remember the public has the power, REPAIR IT OR REPLACE IT OR BOYCOTT IT you choose! God Bless

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002036660180 Eli Rendon

    Where was the home plate umpire ??? He has the best view of the play.
    SHAME,SHAME !!!! on Major League Baseball!!

  • http://twitter.com/ktcf KTCF Communicator

    The home plate umpire cannot overule the call made by the field umpire unless that field umpire asks for his input. I think it’s safe to say the home plate umpire saw the bad call, and cringed knowing he would have to bite his tongue to not help – but it is what it is.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UNWP2BOU433BTZKB64N4JDQ4GI James

    First….you have a big reputation as one of the best Umpires in the MLB and you miss a call and some of you BOZOs say he needs to go…thats Crazy. He was diffently out of position on this play and you can see that he was looking straight at the firstbaseman and at that angle you can not tell if he was on the bag or not especially since Helman was on one knee in a scoop position the Umpires JOB is to not take his eyes off the ball, so I can understand the miss foot as he has to be aware of a catch and not a trap…Umpires can over rule this  but the slated team needs to appeal the call to the Umpire who made the call FIRST and then they can request him to get an appeal from the other Umpires…and most likely he would have went to the Home Plate Umpire who would have been trailing the play and would have had a clear view of the pulled foot….

  • Anonymous

    This is just my opinion, but here are some reasons that I base that opinion on.  I played some minor league ball as a catcher before an injury ended it.  I’ve coached baseball for some 30 years at the senior AAU, American Legion level with a year at a major HS,  I’m a state sanctioned umpire.  That Umpire should be fired, no questiions asked.   Umpires miss some close calls, that’s the human factor.  But for a professional to make this call is inexcusible.  MLB could save 150 – 200k per yr and give a minor league umpire that’s ready a major opportunity that would be appreciated.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/45Q7KWTI7FIWGHLSKNNINE5MBA SD1950

    A blind dog with a note in his mouth could have made that call.  What happened to being in proper position?  And this yo-yo is the crew chief!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UNWP2BOU433BTZKB64N4JDQ4GI James

    Have you ever Umpired a game ? I really doubt it because if you did you wouldnt make such a STUPID statement….I would bet that this Umpire knows more about baseball and its rules than you can even wish for….Mistakes and bad calls are the name of the game, its called Human error. So maybe next time you make a mistake at work, maybe we should Reprimand U , Demote U or FIRE U…you choose.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UNWP2BOU433BTZKB64N4JDQ4GI James

    KTCF is spot on in what the Home plate Umpire can and can not do…and the appeal by the slated team would have to be “DID ” he pull his foot ? For if they are apealing the out  that is  an unapeallable call as that is considered a JUDGEMENT CALL. The Dodgers never apealed the play and that is why it stayed the way it was called.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UNWP2BOU433BTZKB64N4JDQ4GI James

    The game needs to be left as is…Over the many year, baseball is the one sole sport that allows Human factors to play a part in the outcome which makes it the best sport out there.The thrill of making a bang bang call in a split second is why I love Umpiring do I make every call right…All I can say is that at least 50% think Im the best Umpire out there and 50% think Im a horses ass…Bottom line is you call what you felt you saw at the time of the play…Jim Joyce thought for sure he mad the right call last year , Don Dinkersure (last name spelled wrong)Cost the Cardinals a World Championship in game 6 of the 1985 World Series…Harry Wendelstandt kept Don Drysdale record scoreless streak in tact by ruling that Dick Deets didnt attempt to get out of the way on a hit by pitch with bases loaded which would have ended Drysdale attempt for breaking the record for most scoreless inning …Umpire are part of the game  and play a big part in outcomes…good or bad, keep Human factors in the game…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4ZAVNU2C3EC4HMIM72YWZBADEY Anonymous

    Yeah that’ll happen as soon as Bud Selig goes. Horrible commisioner. MLB needs a Roger Goodell type. Selig turns a blind eye and deaf ears to everything until it gets a lot of attention like the steroids scandal. Then he kida sorta does something but not really.

  • Anonymous

    Another reason why you should all stop watching MLB and start watching hockey!  Sure blown calls exist in the NHL too, but far less than any other sport.  With a sport as slow as baseball is, there should be nothing missed!  I think they need to do an in depth investigation into the entire umpire squad to see which family members and/or friends had money riding on the game!  ……bunch of corrupt bastards!

  • Anonymous

    I would have went with the retarded quadriplegic hooker with a ‘bone’ in her mouth, but I guess the dog and note thing works too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1244594567 Scott Fahle

     Your human element argument is so flawed it’s laughable at best.  You’re saying mistakes and screw-ups are what make baseball a great game.  I think that held up 30 years ago but now you just sound like a old man afraid of change.  Ever other sport uses technology to get the calls right and make the sport better..  To say that mistakes should be a part of the game is accepting failure at something you simply don’t have to.

    Ridiculous, archaic nonsense.  Your only point (which isn’t even a point at all) is that it’s always been a part of the game.  I’m glad football doesn’t have that mentality or they would still be in leather helmets.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1244594567 Scott Fahle

     Ok then.  Lets talk about that specific play.  Under the current rules the only person that can ask the other umps for assistance on the call is the one that made the mistake.  Of course his ego won’t let him and you have all the talk for today.  Problem is, even if another ump could converse with him and help in making the right call they wouldn’t.  This is cause they are a fraternity that look out for each other rather than do the job they are paid to do and make sure they get the call right.

    This is where the main problem really lies is in the umps and their management/union.  They are more concerned with protecting each others careers than doing the job right they are paid very nicely to do.  Regardless of instant replay or not this is the biggest factor in blown calls and the lack of getting them right in end.

  • Mark Walton

    I think James is saying is correct.   Just as players make mistakes and blow the plays – so do the umpires.  What should be made available is the  option for the managers to appeal a play like that with the other umpires.  But just as this is my opinion – I can understand the other side that want  to include technology. I’ve been a high school umpire for eight years and at time you want to have an “out” to correct your mistakes.  Confering with your peers is one way.  Oh by the way camera anges can be misleading as well.   However — not in this case.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UNWP2BOU433BTZKB64N4JDQ4GI James

    Maybe having an age restriction requirement or say a 20 year cap will allow younger Umpires an oppurtunity to acheive their dreams also.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JZ7QFQ757RU2EGERQCIM6GNP4I smag60

    The human element shouldn’t cost a team a game or series.  Sure ballplayers make mistakes and can cost their team a game, however they are a part of the team and suffer the loss with their team.  A bad call isn’t part of the game, it’s simply a bad call.  Why for example do umpires have different strike zones?  The rules clearly spell out the dimensions of the strike zone, yet we see umps that call the high strike while others call strikes that are clearly balls.  Professional ball players now fly on planes instead of riding buses or trains.  They have the best medical care money can buy.  Why do some people want to depend on a 50+ middle aged man to get every call right?  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E4YXDWMFFRPAXBY47T5NKG5CKU James

    Isn’t this the same ump that didn’t notice that Elvis Andrus fouled a bunt off his leg and ruled it a fair ball allowing the Rangers to score a run against the Tigers a couple of weeks ago?

  • Anonymous

    As far as I’m concerned, the biggest (also the “biggest”) crybaby in sports was Shaquille O’Neal, who was the largest and heaviest player in the NBA. He routinely mugged other, smaller, players and got away with it, but anytime someone banged into him he almost burst into tears. And this from a man who considers himself one of the greatest players of all time. Too bad such a great player couldn’t sink anything more than six feet from the basket — not even a foul shot. Maybe someone can answer this: did Shaq ever even attempt a three-pointer?

  • Anonymous

    Agree Jason, Kobe once got a foul called for him when an opponent waved at him coming out of the locker room !!

  • Anonymous

    I agree with James.  Accepting human error IS part of the legacy of baseball.  The main reason James point is valid is the alternative is to put electronics into the game.  Once that takes over the essence of baseball is diluted into a robotic exercise.  No thanks.  Baseball isn’t football or basketball and I don’t want it to be. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1244594567 Scott Fahle

    You still make nothing of a valid point like everyone else on your side of the fence.  Umps would still be in the game but there would at least the ability to fix screwed up calls that happen.  Really listen to yourselves, “Ummm, the technology is already there in the booth with announcers but you can’t use that in a game to make the right call….OMG the world would burn and the sport as we know it would be tainted forever.”

    Really guys?

    You put baseball up on this almighty box like it’s so pure of a game when in reality it’s the most tainted sport in American history from the Black Soxs all the way through the roid era.  Ger over yourselves.

  • Anonymous

    please spread this around. im a high school junior and I have a petition on change.org to the MLB on expanding the use of instant replay. go to the website and type in ” MLB Instant Replay” it would be much appreciated. Thank You.

  • Anonymous

    Human factors with the players yes. Not the umps. If the dumb-ass couldn’t see that he was wrong he shouldn’t ump any more. Instant replay needs to be in place so the players can play the game to the best of their abilities an not worry about anything else. So James the next time you get pulled over for speeding don’t try to fight it just respect the officers’ decision to give you a ticket even if you were going under the speed limit. The human factor.

  • Anonymous

    I think the ump was paid off to make a bad call. Since there is no way for the players to contest it and the other umps didn’t meet to discuss the call. He was paid to make a bad call.

  • Anonymous

    First the Rangers and the Tigers game and now this call, it’s making MLB look like a joke to all the fans of the game. 

  • Anonymous

    Those of you who think it’s acceptable to allow this umpire horsesh– to be allowed  to determine games are idiotic, maybe even on crack! Everything evolves for the better, especially in a technology age, no? Maybe we should all be still using typewriters instead of computers because it’s a novel historic way of doing a job???? WTF?

  • Anonymous

    Your response belies the fact that you are not an ump with any serious creditials or experience. You sir an idiot

  • Anonymous

    He was in proper position had the throw not pulled the 1st baseman to the right. The ump moves to get that angle, when the 1st baseman shifted to the oufield side of the base path it created a straightline for the ump at which point it was too late for him to move to improve. No question he missed the call but he moved to the proper position based on the angle from which the throw would come. His big mistake was not missing the call, it was not asking the plate for help on a possible pulled foot. That is the only valid criticism on this play. Other  criticism simply shows you are ignorrant of the profession

  • Anonymous

    Larry I noticed you deleted one of my posted where I busted you out. I must have hurt your feelings.. You could not refute the point so your idea of the better part of valor is to delete any post that shows you to be an inept observer of the game. That call is on par with Welke’s Bad and makes you look bad.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t give a fat rat’s *ss what your opinion of me is.  My post speaks for itself.  I’ll match my baseball resume’ against yours, then we’ll see who is an idiot.   You’re problably the smallest kid on the Little League team with a tool to match that the other kids laughed at.   Just your post indicates who’s the idiot.   That  umpire is paid as a profesional.  If even You can’t look at the video and see how he was totally out of position to make that call, you truly are a frustrated Little Leaguer.

  • Anonymous

    Your the only ignorant one on this board.  I  watched the whole video and you’re so full of it your eyes are brown.