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    NEW YORK (AP) -- World Series crew chief Joe West defended umpires against criticism of their postseason performance, saying "I think we did just fine."

    "Instead of criticizing the umpires, the media should be thankful," he said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "But sometimes I wonder if the media doesn't like the controversy because that gives you more to write about or talk about."

    The AP e-mailed questions to West on Oct. 24, the off-day between Games 2 and 3, but he did not respond until Sunday and Monday, after the Chicago White Sox completed their four-game sweep of the Houston Astros.

    "I don't answer any of my e-mails during a postseason event because there is always some irate fan or person who tries to take a potshot at us, and I don't want to have a negative attitude because I'm mad at some guy I don't even know," he said.

    Three calls generated considerable media discussion during the postseason.

    -- In Game 2 of the AL championship series, plate umpire Doug Eddings called strike three on Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski but ruled the ball hit the dirt before Los Angeles Angels catcher Josh Paul caught it. Pierzynski went to first and scored on Joe Crede's winning double to even the series.

    -- In Game 4 of the ALCS, plate umpire Ron Kulpa failed to call catcher's interference on Pierzynski after his mitt touched Steve Finley's bat.

    -- In Game 2 of the World Series, plate umpire Jeff Nelson ruled Jermaine Dye was hit by a pitch, loading the bases and setting up Paul Konerko's grand slam.

    While replays on the Eddings call were inconclusive, replays showed the Kulpa and Nelson calls were mistakes. West pointed out there were 30 postseason games and 284 innings.

    "Every call was dissected and scrutinized," he said. "The media, if I remember, was critical of the umpires on two, maybe three calls. And there were controversial calls that the media was supportive of the umpires.

    "'I'm proud of every one of the umpires that worked the regular season and the playoffs. My hat's off to every one of them. They are the best officials in any sport anywhere."[/b][/quote]

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  • #2
    I've been meaning to bring up some of this stuff. If you really want to get pissed at the umps, check out these links from recent stories in:

    NY Daily News:
    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball...8p-305438c.html

    Yahoo:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=cita...adel&type=story

    And an additional website that I read:
    http://www.krimil.com/dk/dk.htm
    Of course you do.

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    • #3
      " Look, forget the myths the media's created about the White House--the truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand."

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      • #4
        West does have a point. The amount of cameras has increased exponentially.

        Fox can turn 30 cameras on one play and say, wow, the umpire fucked up.

        Yeah, that 28th one is meaningful.

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        • #5
          I wouldn't mind having instant replay reviews for the post season

          Not on balls and strikes but on base running plays,etc

          What do you all think?
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          • #6
            QUOTE(TTB @ Nov 1 2005, 10:58 PM) Quoted post

            I wouldn't mind having instant replay reviews for the post season

            Not on balls and strikes but on base running plays,etc

            What do you all think?
            [/b][/quote]
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            • #7
              QUOTE(TTB @ Nov 1 2005, 10:58 PM) Quoted post

              I wouldn't mind having instant replay reviews for the post season

              Not on balls and strikes but on base running plays,etc

              What do you all think?
              [/b][/quote]

              I'm not in favor of it. Baseball games are so long as is, that doing replays is just going to make them longer. I think players had a good point - the game has been played this way for a century, and the human aspect of it (i.e. errors) are part of the game. If the game was sanitized from ump errors, the drama factor would be reduced.

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              • #8
                They could try making sure that the umps that screw up a lot during the regular season (aka Angel Hernandez) are not part of any post-season crew.
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                • #9
                  it would be okay with me if the best umps were chosen for the playoffs. but that might be unfair.
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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(cardinalgirl @ Nov 2 2005, 01:41 AM) Quoted post

                    it would be okay with me if the best umps were chosen for the playoffs. but that might be unfair.
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