MLB Fans Rip Ump Who Smiled After Ejecting Player For Arguing Obvious Blown Call

MLB Fans Rip Up For Smiling After Ejecting Player Who Argued Blown Call

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Plenty of baseball fans genuinely believe the almost sanctified “human element” that results in umpires routinely messing up a seemingly obvious call is an integral part of the sport—an aspect that still remains the root of an absurd amount of controversy in the modern game when you consider the technology we currently have at our disposal.

There are a number of arguments those traditionalists trot out to argue for the preservation of this fountain of frustration, like the fact that players and coaches have had to deal with the fallible nature of the boys in blue since the inception of Major League Baseball.

With that said, that line of reasoning starts to fall apart when you consider Civil War veterans with names like Mordecai Pennywhistle didn’t have the luxury of turning to instant replay to settle a dispute with an ump who looked identical to the guy in the W.B. Mason logo.

Of course, Major League Baseball has made some strides to address this longstanding point of contention, and based on the experiments the league has been conducting in recent years, it seems like it’s only a matter of time until robot umpires get called up to The Show.

Unfortunately, we’re still regularly treated to reminders of how nice it will be when that day finally arrives—including one that came out of Wednesday night’s game between the Cardinals and the Cubs.

In the top of the third inning, St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado had the chance to put a dent in the three-run deficit his club was facing when he stepped up to the plate with runners on first and second. It initially looked like he’d been able to load the bases by drawing a walk on a full count, but home plate umpire John Libka brought the inning to an end by ruling he’d failed to check his swing.

Arenado was obviously not pleased with that development, although Libka did seem to be pretty amused when he smiled after ejecting him for arguing the call. 

Check swings currently aren’t reviewable under MLB rules, although replays showed Arenado seemed pretty justified in taking exception to the call. 

Plenty of fans also took issue with the ruling, with many of them taking aim at Libka over his perceived smugness.

This incident occurred just a few months after Angel Hernandez was filmed smirking at a fan who called him out for a similarly underwhelming performance and is just the latest of the many moments that have highlighted the lack of umpire accountability players and fans have bemoaned.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the MLB is in a huge rush to address it.

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