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CB Bucknor strikes out Joe Mauer on terrible call off plate (GIF)

Sometimes that CB Bucknor just gets a little overeager while serving as a homeplate umpire. Thursday was one of those days.

During the top of the ninth inning in the Minnesota Twins-Chicago White Sox game, Bucknor punched out Joe Mauer on a breaking ball that was well off the plate. Mauer was already struggling entering the game, having gone hitless in his first eight at-bats to start the season. Luckily he did record a walk and hit in the game, but he struck out twice, and Bucknor did him no favors.

Here’s a little tip for you, CB: Mauer knows the strike zone better than you. If he doesn’t swing, it must not be a strike. Plus the Fox Trax showed how far off the plate the ball was:

Joe Mauer CB Bucknor

Maybe Bucknor just wanted out because of the sub-40 degree temperatures.

Previously: Umpire CB Bucknor punches out Seth Smith on strike two (GIF)

GIF via @cjzero

Umpire CB Bucknor punches out Seth Smith on strike two (GIF)

Umpire C.B. Bucknor was a little too eager to punch out Oakland A’s left fielder Seth Smith on Thursday.

CB BucknorSmith was facing New York Yankees reliever Adam Warren during the bottom of the 11th inning and had a 2-1 count. Warren threw a change that backed up into the zone, and Smith took it for strike two. Bucknor must have lost track of the count, because he rang up Smith. I mean Bucknor was just textbook with his punchout. He gave it a left-right combination to the body like a champ.

Smith was unfazed by the punchout. He remained in the box — probably somewhat confused by Bucknor’s actions — and grounded out in his at-bat.

Here’s the full video:

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