Time Out!!! Another Blown Call, Another Blown Replay Review?!!

I hate complaining.

I use to get smacked when I was a kid for complaining. I saw my brothers get smacked for it.

I attest that this is fact. When I learned what “radius” meant, my credo was “Don’t step inside the radius!”

So, much as it goes against my upbringing, I must voice, rant, rebel against this machine that doesn’t work.

Oh, everyone’s so happy for it finally coming to baseball …. but what good is it when they have nothing but rookies at the helm?

Oh, I know what you’re thinking, These are professional umpires, they know what they’re doing (well, maybe not). But they don’t know what I see. I see a ball bouncing one way on the video (here:  http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8877984/v32540405/milcin-umpires-confirm-a-double-in-the-4th-inning/?c_id=cin ) then actually bouncing another way in a different direction and I notice the spin has changed or been interfered with!

I got news for you folks, this is not what they’re looking for.

They are like you. They have no idea what I just said. They say things like “that’s absurd” as if that proves their point. They base it on only one thing and that’s what happened to the ball …. eventually.

No, I say, NO! A thousand times NO!!!

That isn’t what happened — here’s what happened:

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As you can plainly see, the ball is atop the yellow line.

That, my sad Reds fans, is a homer!

Joey Votto should be awarded a home run on his stats at the very least.

If you watch the replay, the ball rebounds high in the air with over-spin on it. Why over-spin? Because after landing on top of the wall it hit a bar which changed the direction to up and back, instead of just straight down (remember the trajectory was that the ball was going out and down at this point) back onto the field. If you’ve ever tossed a hardball against the wall its a lot like hitting the ground before the wall instead of hitting the wall first. You can actually prove what the ball hit first by its reaction and direction!

Just grab some 9 year old kid who has driven his mom half crazy with the incessant pounding of the ball on the wall. He’ll tell you. Don’t ask a “highly qualified” Major League Umpire who has gone through all the schools so he can keep his accreditation up to date. They don’t (obviously) have a clue.

The umps get things like a separation of a foot and a bag, most of the time (see the post just before this about a blown call worse than this!) back at the NY headquarters but when it comes to these types of things they’re rookies and they make rookie errors. When a ball changes direction and there is something in the way, as there was here, its usually because it hit that thing in the way. They obviously didn’t see that there was a bar in the way here and for all we know, they didn’t take the time to check it.

If they would’ve just listened to the Home -Boy announcer they would have been helped to see that there was a bar right behind where the homer was hit!!!

If I were the Reds management I would paint the top of that wall a darker color so that the Ump — let’s just call him Stevie Wonder — can be hoped to see when a ball actually lands on top of that wall. I would definitely paint those bars another color also, just to make sure that Stevie can see it when they’re (he’s) viewing the replay.

I guess that’s all I should say, I feel as if I’m approaching The Radius.

Til next time,

Let’s get a Stevie Wonder dressed up as an umpire in the replay control room Bobblehead Night!

Homeboy was right!

Blown Review – Is It Worth It? Or Is It Cincinnati?

File it under … Huh??!!  

(yeah, its as big as they let me make it here! to my knowledge. WordPress leaves a lot to be desired) 

 

Okay, is it me or am I just a tired of it, as much as I can take of it all — Cincinnatian? 

 

Price said after the game (of which he was ejected because … well, that’s just the way it is … sorry ’bout your luck)

“We’re not going to take that!” 

So, there! New Yourk! Yeah, I know, we don’t know who you are. The MLB does not require, nor is it permissible to announce the umpires who are in the booth in New Yourk who — without face — announce thumbs up or thumbs down. I thought such anonymity was exclusive to the “high trolls” of the internets!

We can, with a lot of work and time, try to deduce by eliminating all the possible suspects and come up with a group who were not in attendance at any of the games but why bother?  

Why aren’t their names announced like all the other umpires? 

 

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This thing didn’t work we call replay, and it didn’t work in a very mysterious way.  They blew an easy call!

Now, what can it be?

Is it just the same thing it always is?  It was Cincinnati, and they beat us in 1976 in a 4 game sweep, and then they celebrated on the field, and we’re never going to forgive them? 

Is ML Baseball so broke that they can’t have a small market team even afford to get a break? 

Oh yeah, its Pete Rose’s town. He didn’t break down and cry and beg and crawl on his knees to those at the Commish’s Office so all questionable calls forever go to the other team!!!

Is that what this is really all about?!!! 

Is it that someone in the umpires rotation needs his eyes examined? Can it be that simple? 

Why is there no statement by MLB on this? 

The silence is deafening. 

Will any answers be given? I don’t know but honestly don’t you think that the Red’s manager Brian Price is going to question whether or not going to replay will do any good the next time? 

All we here in Cincinnati know is that it happened to us … again. 

 

 

Votto Has His Swing Back!

I have seen something recently.

Votto’s got it going on!

His effortless swing his back. I saw a little of it last year but nothing like now. I remember a couple of years ago I saw him hit a towering Home Run to Center field and it didn’t look like he swung at all.

He just has that great timing that you rarely see. He can hit the ball a long way and never break a sweat doing it.

He has it back!

 

http://m.mlb.com/cin/video/?content_id=32121303&topic_id=8877984&c_id=cin

 

Of course, batting behind Hamilton isn’t hurting and we didn’t think it would. Now pitchers have to come into him and … they’re worried!

Votto said earlier in the day that Hamilton protects him. Well, I think he does more than protect him. Hamilton give him the gift of a good chance of a fast ball coming Joey’s way!

Obviously, they’re making mistakes. The homer on Wednesday’s day game was a big mistake. Pittsburgh’s catcher had to move his glove too far toward the middle of the plate to think it was anything but a mistake. I think we’ll see a lot of mistakes this year get hit hard and Votto, at least, looks primed for a good year.

But this also could have an effervescent affect on the rest of the team as well. Pitchers can’t cheat anymore on Votto (who walked a lot last year and the other teams were fine with that) — as much anyway. They may have to try it and if Hamilton steals early in the count they may adjust and not pitch to Votto again but then there might be two on and no one out.

Nobody likes that.

They will have to pitch to BP then and if Brandon makes them pitch to him, then things can get really shaky with Bruce up next.

But these are things that haven’t been part of the opposition’s brain waves in the recent years. Their pulse is quickening a little. The heart pounds deeply.

Thinking ahead ruins the present sometimes and that’s what this lineup encourages.

Redsageddon Everyone!

 

What Happened At The Masters?

The Masters – what happened?

Did anyone else notice the lack of back nine roars from the crowds?

Actually, more front nine action happened than back-nine.

Very disappointing!

Whoever set the course up set it up like the PGA sets theirs up. That’s not why we watch The Masters folks. We watch it simply because its like no other golf tournament throughout the year.

Indeed, the PGA and the USGA have nothing to do with it — which is/was another reason I liked it. But now it looks like someone or something has finally crept in and taken out the most enjoyable couple of hours of golf during the year.

Too bad.

I’m not taking anything away from Bubba Watson. He won, that’s fine. But someone changed the normal last day pin placements and that’s not fine. Not with me it isn’t.

Whoever did that needs to resign.

Remember a few years ago when Rory fell for the front nine and there was just a barrage of lead changes on the back nine? I do. I didn’t leave my seat!

Do you know what makes that possible?

The pin placements.

These guys know those hole locations, they know the breaks, they know where to put the ball on the par 5’s so they have a good chance at eagle coming down the stretch.

What is wrong with that?

Is is luck? Like some say the US Open is and, why not? They are, at times, playing on near dead greens. Greens that are really Browns! The ball rolls on them, hits a bump and sometimes it goes in but most of the times it rolls 6 feet past.

What a test of skill, huh?

That is or wasn’t The Masters.

Those greens are true and about as perfect as they get here in this fallen world but with experience being everything there; it about counted for very little.

How many eagles were there on the Par 5’s on Sunday on the back nine?

No roars, no lead changes … nothin’!

In their concerted effort to make Augusta National harder … they’ve made it too hard.

Its too long, certainly the 11th is too long. I don’t know about you but after seeing guys bail to the right at 11 all week … I never want to see it again!

Boring!!!

I remember guys going for that green on their approach shot all the time. Now, its just a layup shot. Get up and down for your par or, at the worst, bogey.

Real exciting, guys.

The Masters has obviously been infiltrated. The one Golf Tournament of the year that was sheer joy to watch and … they’ve lot their way. They use to garner ratings that were twice that of any other tournament but I wonder what their ratings were this year?

Does anyone know?

If you do leave it in the comments.

This was just one man’s rant, for what its worth.

Masters, we missed you this year. 

 

Redsageddon?!! Votto Batting Second!!!

And they asked the prophetess Marge; 

When shall be the time of the end? 

And she answered and said:

Before the Moon shall be turned to Blood; 

In the Valley of Cin. 

When the Third shall be Second; 

The End shall begin. 

From: Schott in the Dark; Chapter 2 verse 3 through 10

 

Okay, today we have an anomaly in the Red’s lineup.

Are the ancient prophecies lining up?

Joey Votto is batting second.

Is this the end of Red’s baseball as we know it?

Has Baker’s stranglehold on the line-up and the … ahem … strategy, finally been relinquished?!

Only time will tell.

Let’s face it the book on the Red’s has been out for a while and let me help by giving it to you in the Reader’s Digest version:

  • When facing the Reds, if your pitcher gets into any trouble remember that there are safety holes in the Reds’ line-up. 
  • Do not pitch to Votto, don’t give him anything to hit at any time. 
  • Pitch to those in front or behind him. You’ll have success the majority of the time. 
  • If facing BP, let him foul the ball off twice then throw a curve ball in the dirt. 
  • If in trouble do not pitch to Bruce, there are those either before him or after him which are havens of safety. 

And that’s all you really need to know about the Reds’ line-up for that last 2 years, at least.

Why haven’t they been about to score all that well? Because teams know this. Everybody knows this. I asked some kid, whose bike still had training wheels, about the Reds’ lineup and he knew this.

It’s pretty obvious.

Why has it taken a manager in the bigs so long to change this? (I mean, how many 1 run ballgames have we had? What is our record?!!)

Its the risk from operating out of “the norm”.

Worked for Dusty though, didn’t it?

Which, I have to admit, they have gotten into the playoffs but where have they gone from there?

Nowhere. Back home … We’ll get’em next year.

Granted not all the holes are filled with the line-up today but let’s see what happens if Hamilton gets on (I’ll handle that in a later post) and then they have to decide if they really want to pitch Votto the “standard way”, or have 2 men on base with no one out.

BP will be the key in that situation. Will he wait to get his pitch, or will he fall for the same old, same old? Either way he has Bruce behind him and they certainly will have to make up their minds about that.

Either way, the other side will have to think about it. They’ll be in uncharted territory and that’s always a good thing for the home team.

I’ll be watching today.

It should be interesting.

 

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