Initially regarded as a negative, and something that no one really wanted, the idea of robo-umps for balls and strikes has become much more popular. After watching numerous umpires without any concept of the strike zone impact games, it is clear that something must be done. After Wednesday night, Ramon Laureano and the Oakland A’s are likely on board as well.
It was their turn to be the victims in their game against the Red Sox. Laureano was called out on strikes by home plate umpire Ryan Wills on a 1-2 pitch that was clearly inside, leading to his ejection from the game.
Oakland A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano understandably upset by strike three call
Let’s take a moment to discuss the perfect advertising placement in this clip. Having an ad for an eyeglasses company right near the home plate umpire is excellent, especially in this instance. Whoever set that up needs a raise.
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It was clear that the Red Sox expected that to be ball two. Catcher Christian Vazquez was clearly ready to fire the ball back to the pitcher before doing a double take and getting out of the way as quickly as possible. That reaction alone should indicate how bad of a call that was, even without seeing the miss on the superimposed strike zone.
Laureano did his part to get as much as possible out of his ejection. Arguing balls and strikes is supposed to be an automatic ejection, and Laureano made sure that would be the case as he fired his bat and helmet while loudly objecting to the call. Once he was ejected, Laureano let the umpire know in no uncertain terms what he thought of him and his strike call.
That outburst may have helped wake up the rest of the team. The A’s had been tied 1-1, then scored two in the fifth inning and added Matt Olson‘s homer in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead. While the A’s may not have needed a wakeup call in this showdown of the two best teams record wise in the AL, Laureano’s outburst helped fire them up.
Major league umpires have been a disaster throughout the game this season. On Wednesday, it was Ramon Laureano’s turn to face the ongoing ump show.