Can't argue balls and strikes but Joe Madden certainly wasn't happy about it !!!
From what I've read, the HPU has said that had he the opportunity to replay this, he would not have called a strike. I have only seen the replay from the "left of centerfield" camera. While it does not look like a strike from that angle, I will not judge. The camera angle (for the purpose of judging a strike) was not adequate. Is there another/better angle available?
Time wounds all heels.....
Since I'm in the "Tampa area" I was watching the game on the "Rays" Network.
They showed the pitch from several angles in super-slow motion.
In the view from the 3rd base side you could see the ball was slightly below the knees as it crossed the plate and the centerfield view showed the ball to be slightly outside.
Even so, umpires are human and these things happen.
Just for the record:
In OBR the bottom of the strike zone is ther hollow beneath the kneecap and it's a strike if any part of the ball touches the strike zone so it very well could have been a strike in the "low" aspect.
Also, in MLB the umpires are much MUCH more likely to call the pitch based on where it was when over the plate and not get faked out by where the catcher caught it. Because MLB pitch movement is so proniunced vs. your typical amateur pitcher the pitch really does go through the zone only to be caught well away from it. Plus the official Questec or whatever they use now is set to call where the ball was at the plate and that's what the umpires get graded on.
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