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#pounditFriday, September 30, 2022

Joe Maddon critical of umpire CB Bucknor

Joe Maddon

Umpire CB Bucknor is not a popular guy around Major League Baseball, and Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is the latest to publicly criticize him.

The Cubs did not like Bucknor’s strike zone in a 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. After the game, Maddon took a direct shot at the umpire, saying “everyone expects” a sub-par performance from him at this point.

It was easy to see why the Cubs were up in arms over Bucknor’s zone.

In fact, Bucknor was consistently calling outside strikes against right-handed hitters, with Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill using his curveball to exploit it repeatedly.

Bucknor is, unfortunately, known around baseball for blowing his share of calls and has a reputation as one of the worst active umpires. The Cubs are only the latest in a long line of teams to have a huge problem with the way he calls games, and it’s not hard to see why.

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