Last night, Major League Baseball umpire Tim Welke managed to make what would have to be considered one of the worst calls in the history of the game.
In the top of the sixth inning, Welke somehow decided that Colorado Rockies’ first baseman Todd Helton was close enough to the bag to call Jerry Hairston of the Los Angeles Dodgers out.
Helton’s foot was a good 2-3 feet off the bag.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly came out to protest, as Welke’s call put an abrupt end to the sixth, but it was to no avail.
It was apparent after the game that Welke knew he had screwed up, as an attendant at the umpire’s room said that the umpires wouldn’t be commenting on the play.
“It really doesn’t matter at this point,” Mattingly told reporters after the game. “I think he knows he missed it. I think Helton told him he was off the bag. We had a chance to get a run there. I just don’t think he realized he came off the bag.”
This is why baseball needs instant replay.
Check it out below.
- VIDEO: MLB Umpire Tim Welke Makes Worst Call Ever (rantsports.com)
- Tim Welke Demonstrates the Need for Expanded Instant Replay in Baseball (bleacherreport.com)
- Tim Welke makes one of the worst calls you’ve ever seen in baseball (sports.yahoo.com)
- 15 Greatest White Guy Twitter Reactions To Tim Welke’s Blown Call (bustedcoverage.com)