Texas Rangers reliever Joe Nathan became the 24th player in MLB history to record his 300th save but the call that gave him the save was errant. Nathan tossed an 82-mph curveball that fell off the side of the plate, clearly a walk which would have sent the tying run to second base with Evan Longoria coming to the plate for the Rays. Instead home plate umpire Marty Foster called Ben Zobrist out. Everyone in the park and those watching at home couldn’t believe the call including Nathan.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Nathan said,”It’s pretty safe to say we got fortunate, but I’ve seen plenty of them go the other way.” Joe Maddon tweeted after the game, “That can’t happen in a major league game.”
Foster acknowledged after the game that he blew the call. “I saw the pitch and, of course I don’t have the chance to do it again, but if I did, I wouldn’t call that pitch a strike.” Manager Joe Maddon exploded after the call storming onto the field in a tirade. “Joe was not violent. Joe was very professional. He was frustrated and I understand. He acted probably the best he can under that situation,” said Foster.
This is just the latest example of baseball failing to embrace the technology that is available. But it’s not like Bud Selig cares.