KeBryan Hayes wasn’t too happy with an umpire following his most recent game. The Pirates star called out the blue behind the plate for missing an obvious call.
Hayes posted a message to Twitter after Pittsburgh’s loss to the Atlanta Braves, accompanied by a photo of a pitch outside of the zone that was called a strike.
“Some umpires really don’t care. 3-1 call not even close,” the post read as Hayes blasted the umpire. “I hold him accountable after the game walking off the field and his response is, ‘I gave you a chance to hit a homerun.’ That tells me you don’t care at all. No accountability.”
The third baseman then tagged the MLB social account and begged for an automated ball-strike system.
Some umpires really don’t care. 3-1 call not even close. I hold him accountable after the game walking off the field and his response is “🤷🏽♂️ I gave you a chance to hit a homerun” that tells me you don’t care at all. No accountability. Bring the ABS please @MLB pic.twitter.com/sgncakv8v8
— KeBryan Hayes (@KeBryanHayes) September 10, 2023
That pitch came in the top of the eighth inning on Sunday during Hayes’s final at-bat. He would later strike out swinging.
The delivery was clearly out of the zone and would have given the infielder a base on balls had it been called correctly. Instead, Hayes headed back to the dugout with a K.
Many online agreed.
“That is a WILD reason to call a ball ten feet out of the zone a strike in a 3-1 game. Umps got to go, they’ve had their 155 years,” one follower wrote.
“Own him,” said another.
Completely warranted pic.twitter.com/Dy7uEQ4vSU
— Platinum Ke’Bryan (@PlatinumKey13) September 10, 2023
It’s the latest “Ump Show” incident to unfold as steam builds for robot umpires.