When it's all said and done, this is going to be remembered as the worst moment in the history of umpiring in the video replay era. Or else, if there's anything worse coming down the pike, heaven help us all.
Umpires at Tropicana Field lost track of the count in the fifth inning Tuesday night with Yunel Escobar of the Tampa Bay Rays at bat, and when they checked video replay they still got it wrong. Right-hander Samuel Deduno of the Minnesota Twins was credited with a strikeout when Escobar should have drawn a walk. The gaffe did not affect the outcome of the game, won 7-3 by the Rays, but it ought to cast a shadow on everything that MLB is doing with replay.
Major League Baseball wasted no time in acknowledging the grievous mistake made by whomever was watching back at replay headquarters in New York when umpires asked for help.
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''An error was made when replay officials and supervisors mistakenly thought one of the pitches was a foul ball when it was actually a ball,'' MLB said in a