On May 14th, 2013, in the top of the ninth inning of the Yankees – Mariners game, with the score 4-3 in favor of the home team Yankees, Michael Morse was called out by Jerry Layne on this pitch. Yikes. There has been a lot of debate recently about MLB using new technology to assist umpires with ball and strike calls and whenever there is a close play like this that determines the fate of a game, fans baseball pundits jump at the chance to share their opinions.
Human error is a very real and very natural thing. And baseball umpires are human. Opponents of using ball/strike assistance technology often argue that baseball is a human game and human error needs to be part of that. But when you have pitchers, like Mariano Rivera here, who seem to often get calls like this (maybe because of who they are), should we just turn a blind eye? Or should Major League Baseball take action? This call ended a very close game and with Michael Morse at the plate, the next pitch could have easily ended up the in seats.
What are you thoughts on MLB taking corrective action when it comes to ball/strike calls? Should umpires be held more accountable?