- Hunter Wendelstedt called an unreal strike three call in the Twins-Tigers game.
- The call went viral, and footage was released of Hunter Wendelstedt yelling at Twins manager Rocco Baldelli.
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There might be a new candidate for the worst strike call of the 2022 MLB season.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers faced off in Comerica Park. And, well, just feast your eyes on this horrendous call by home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.
Pretty sure this is it. The worst strike three call of the season pic.twitter.com/jmCay1Lvmv
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) May 31, 2022
That pitch was low, way, way low. Yet, somehow, someway, it was called strike three. Tigers catcher Eric Haase couldn’t believe it, and it looked like Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer was surprised at the call as well.
This didn’t go over well at all, and it reignited the MLB robot ump conversation.
Yet another argument for robo-umps. Catchers have become so good at framing pitches it makes an incredibly tough job (calling balls and strikes) even more difficult.
— SyracuseSportsOnline (@SyracuseSports) May 31, 2022
Can we all agree the umps also need an ear bud synched up with PitchCom? Will help them stay on pitches longer. This is ridiculous.
— Blake (@BHall_6) May 31, 2022
That’s so bad I don’t even think Angel Hernandez could make a worse call. Thats said, he will try….
— Paulie Walnuts (@zgreek8383) May 31, 2022
In fact, the fifth inning was full of blunders, and Hunter Wendelstedt and Twins manager Rocco Baldelli got into it.
Hunter Wendelstedt and Rocco Baldelli got into a heated argument right before that
In the top half of the inning, Baldelli and Wendelstedt got into it with one another. Apparently, the Twins manager was unhappy with a strike called against his team and let Wendelstedt know it.
Hunter Wendelstedt on a hot mic:
"You can't see from right there, Rocco, you wanna start an argument?" pic.twitter.com/SFxjPfOvuR
— Welcome to the Ump Show (@umpjob) May 31, 2022
Baldelli wasn’t happy, and in the bottom half of that inning, he got a massive call going his way. Nonetheless, this is inexcusable by Wendelstedt, and the MLB quickly needs to find a way to implement robot umps before it gets even uglier.