"'I felt like I touched his jersey,' Cuddyer said. 'On replay, it looked like I touched his jersey. So I don't know what else to tell you.'
"Cuddyer believed he had made the tag for what would have been the first out of the 10th inning, but third-base umpire Alfonso Marquez ruled that Cuddyer didn't tag Shoppach, and the Twins found themselves in the midst of a disputed call.
"The situation unfolded with runners on first and second and no outs for the Rays in the 10th, with game tied at 4. Willy Aybar singled to left field off right-hander Matt Guerrier, plating the go-ahead run for Tampa Bay, and Shoppach, who had been on first base after getting hit by a pitch, tried to advance to third on the play.
Delmon Young's throw from left field to third base beat Shoppach by a few yards, and Cuddyer caught the throw. He appeared to brush Shoppach on the stomach with his glove, but Marquez ruled that the tag was never placed."
ENTIRE CREW, 8/6/2010Twins vs.
Cleveland at Cleveland: This was perhaps the worst
job of umpiring by an entire crew in the history of the
Twins. This bunch of no-name umpires, HP: Scott
Barry. 1B: Gerry Davis. 2B: D.J. Reyburn. 3B: Greg
Gibson, screwed up everything that could be screwed
up, from start to finish. Home plate umpire Scott
Barry had no idea what a strike zone was and appeared to
just randomly call pitches a ball or strike. There
was zero consistency on his part for the entire game.
But the most mind boggling error came when Jim Thome hit
a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th inning to tie the
game. The play was reviewed and ruled a double by the
umpires. Replays show the ball just barely
clearing the wall, clearly a homerun. How this
bunch of morons could not see what everyone else in the
world saw on replay is truly incomprehensible.
What good is replay if they get it wrong even after
review? The ruling became moot after Casilla drove
in the two runners, but that is not the point. The
following is a write up from MLB.com:
"Did you see it in [high-definition]?" Gardenhire asked reporters after the game. "It was a home run. HD showed it plain as day.
"I don't know how they didn't see the angles that we saw."
Said Davis: "First of all, third-base umpire Greg Gibson went out on the ball and ruled that it hit the yellow pad on top of the wall. When we got together, the other two guys had it hitting the pad as well. We went in to check, and from what we saw, it hit the pad.
"There was nothing that was clear and concise that would cause us to overturn the call that was made on the field." [Huh? They all saw it hit the yellow pad and there was nothing clear and concise?!!! The yellow pad is a home run. That's pretty clear and concise to any thinking person. Actually replays show the ball cleared the wall!]
"The way the ball bounced back, I thought for certain it was a home run," Thome said. "With replay, I don't know how they didn't see that. [Maybe because they weren't looking?]
"You never know what the outcome might have been."
Gary Darling 3B, et al, 5/30/2011 Twins vs. Detroit at Detroit: Game was tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 8th. Detroit had two outs with a runner on first base. A ball was hit down the left field line where a fan reached out into the field of play and deflected the ball back into the stands where it then bounced back onto the field. Since this is obviously a ground rule double since it went into the stands, Delmon Young did not chase after the ball. The runner on first came all the way around to score. At the time the ball hit the fan, the runner was halfway between second and third. The umpire ruled fan interference when it should have been a ground rule double keeping the runner on third. The next batter struck out to end the inning. This was an awful blown call. All the umpires are to blame since they had a conference and all agreed to rule this way.