The day after MLB umpire crew chief Angel Hernandez failed to reverse an obvious home run after reviewing replay footage, MLB executive VP Joe Torre came out stated that an ‘improper call’ was made in the 9th inning of Oakland’s 3-4 loss to Cleveland.
During the statement, Torre had this to say, “By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief… In the opinion of Angel Hernandez, who was last night’s crew chief, there was not clear and convincing evidence to overturn the decision on the field. It was a judgment call, and as such, it stands as final.”
When a major umpiring error like, it bring into focus a few topics that are largely discussed in the baseball and umpiring worlds. One of which is the validity of the video replay in the sport. There is little doubt in my mind, after seeing the replay that this should have been ruled a home run, but if Angel Hernandez and his crew felt that the footage was not conclusive enough to overturn the call on the field, should we blame them?
What do you think, did MLB handle the situation right be coming out and saying Hernandez blew the call but also standing by his call? How should MLB address matters like this? Let us know in the comments section.