Umpires Officially Are Screwing the Angels in ALCS vs. Yankees

Mike Napoli Tags Posada, Cano
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Either the umpires here in the playoffs are screwing the Angels or they’ve been instructed to give the Yankees as many calls as possible. The horrible calls to go the way of New York in the playoffs started in the division series with Phil Cuzzi calling Joe Mauer’s double down the left field line a foul ball when it wasn’t even a close call. That was pretty darn egregious. Then it continued in I believe Game 2 of the ALCS when the second base umpire didn’t give Erick Aybar the phantom tag at second when he was trying to turn a double-play. Yes I’ll admit that Aybar never tagged the bag but that’s never been an issue for umps — it’s always been accepted. Unfortunately that call was only small potatoes compared to the two horrendously blown calls by the umps in Game 4.

In the top of the 4th, Scott Kazmir tried to pick off Nick Swisher at second with a spin move. The throw from Kazmir to Aybar was spot on and they easily had Swisher, no doubt about it. Swisher was called safe and he later advanced to third after Jeter was walked to load up the bases. The Yankees should have gone up 4-0 on Johnny Damon’s fly out to left field but the Angels appealed that Swisher left third base early and the umpires gave them the call, ending the inning (see the images at The Replacement Refs via Deadspin). If that wasn’t a makeup call I don’t know what is. Then the very next inning the umpires were up to their same tricks and this might have been the absolute worst call of the series.

Nick Swisher Picked off

In the top of the 5th, the Yankees had Jorge Posada on third and Robinson Cano on second with one out. Nick Swisher hit a grounder to Darren Oliver who threw home, getting Posada caught in a rundown. Mike Napoli chased Posada back to third and tagged both Posada and Cano out (Cano had headed towards third). For some unknown reason, the third base umpire called Posada out and Cano safe. Yankee fans will point to the fact that no runs were scored because of this mistake so it doesn’t matter. Problem is every extra out you give a lineup like the Yankees will kill you. What’s better to start an inning, Melky, Jeter and Damon or Jeter, Damon, and Teixeira? It’s a huge difference when you’re talking playoff baseball.

The Yankees are so good and playing so well they would probably advance to the World Series regardless. Facing CC Sabathia and that murderer’s row is tough enough as is; the Angels shouldn’t also have to overcome the umpires. This is embarrassing.

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  • SpinMax

    I’m too busyto watch this stuff!!!

  • Jeff J

    Last I checked, if you tag a runner when he’s not on a base, he’s out. He definitely tagged both men and neither was touching third. What possible explanation could they possibly have for that call? Oh, wait I just checked, I found it. Its a tiny rule, number 5.23: when a call goes against a NY Yankee, none of the rules apply.

  • http://www.myspace.com/yotopgun Chris Pixley

    I want a new crew or instant replay by the next game. where are the consequences for such lousy calls? i saw no remorse by Tim in his interview. he admitted to the blown call but did not apologize for it. i think he should apologize to the angels, the fans and MLB. Tim you may have been umpiring for a long time, and you may have the respect of many in of your peers. but you are a lousy umpire. time to retire.

  • Dan

    As an umpire I am embarrassed by Tim McClellun. As you can see in the picture about he is on top of the play (good) but not trying to get a good angle to the tags (very bad). This proves that he is just plain lazy even with 6 umpires on the field. All he had to do was to take a couple of steps either way, instead of just leaning and lolligagging. This play at t3rd base was horrible but his lack of hustle to get in proper position on the tag up is worse…6 umpires and you can’t cover the ply? Give me a break.


    The Angels are not going to the World Series this year because the Umpire have taken the life out of them. How can you win a game if the Umpires are killing you with their crappy calls. The Yankees are not going to eliminate the Angels because the Umpires already have.


    What happened to the Dodgers ? After winning the Division they disappeared !!! Who is that team playing the Phillies ? Did someone put a curse on both of the L.A. teams ? They both played great ball in the divisonal playoffs but now they’re both pooping out in the championship series. How can this be ?

  • Larry

    Let me start by saying the calls were herendous, but the umpires are human, when Aybar and Figgins let a ball drop between them, or Hunter misses the ball off his glove , these are just excused as errors. But when an umpires blows a call there is either a conspiracy and the man is being pushed to retire. Unbelievable, the guy had a bad night, I would love to be able to come to your place of work and rate you every decision. Where are the appologies from Aybar, Figgins and Hunter for thier errors, it doesn’t happen and the umpires should not have to appologize either, they are doing the best they can. Yes instant replay should be impletemented on calls at the bases. There is no way to reverse a foul ball call as the play is dead. By the way the Angels have been out hit and out pitched so far, stop looking for excuses by some bad calls.

  • Nathan

    Instant Replay please and you’d make excuses too if it were the other way around…

  • Sports Fanantic

    Yankees score 6 runs in the 7th inning with 3 outs.

    Home plate umpire calls an obvious strike ball four.

    I guess he got the memo from the league office
    requiring the umpires to favor the Yankees on all
    calls and help them get the the World Series.

    We have seen this many times before with umpires
    and the Yankees and it makes us wonder if
    MLB is fixed for the Yankees and TV ratings!!??