Poor umpiring needs to be addressed by MLB
The numerous bad calls by the home-plate umpire in the opening game of the Brewers-Cardinals series had no effect on the outcome of the game because the Brewers played poorly. I’ve watched many games in person and on TV, but I watched this game in disgust. If FoxTrax is even remotely close in its placement of balls and strikes, the umpire desperately needs further training. His calls of both balls and strikes were atrocious.
When he would look over the catcher’s left shoulder at the incoming pitch, he’d miss the calls on the right side of the plate. While looking over the catcher’s right shoulder, the umpire often missed calls on the left side of the plate. He missed calls by a wide margin and seemed to have no depth perception. Does the league ever check games for accuracy of calls by umpires?
It is human nature that one person will be better at calling games than another, but this umpire - judging him only on this game - has to be the worst of the worst.
Baseball teams send down players to the minors, so why doesn’t the league do the same with bad umpires? Also, is there ever a review of umpires by MLB? Casper T. Green Franklin