Sport Giants' Brandon Belt questions ump Doug Eddings' motives on game-ending call

07:15  17 may  2018
07:15  17 may  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The old joke about umpires making bad calls because they have dinner or flight reservations turned into a semi-serious accusation Wednesday.

a man holding a baseball bat: Brandon Belt © (Getty Images) Brandon Belt

Giants first baseman/outfielder Brandon Belt told reporters that home plate umpire Doug Eddings made it clear to players that he wanted to get away on getaway day, culminating in Eddings ringing up Belt for a game-ending strikeout on a pitch Belt thought was way outside. (This center-field video makes it appear as though the pitch was off the corner.)

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Belt told reporters (via ESPN.com) he gets along with umpires in general. but . . .

"(T)here's just some times when you have a feeling that one or two of 'em are trying to get the game over with, whether it's through what they say or what they do. And that just can't happen; you can't have those guys affecting careers and affecting games like that."

According to Belt, Eddings was one of those umpires Wednesday, saying "multiple times" (per the San Francisco Chronicle) he wanted to get out of San Francisco's AT&T Park. Belt said he didn't know whether Eddings was serious. The Reds and Giants played their series-ending afternoon game in 2 hours, 41 minutes, and the contest ended at 3:25 p.m. PT with Belt's strikeout.

Umpire crew chief Joe West, speaking for his colleague, declined to address Belt's claim directly.

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HP Umpire Doug Eddings ejected Braves CF B.J. Upton for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 5th inning of the Braves-Phillies game . Upton & Fredi Gonzalez confront Ump Eddings . outer half of home plate (px 0.660) and that all pitches during the at bat were properly officiated (the strike one

“I don’t comment on postgame comments and things said in anger,” West told the Chronicle.

Belt's claim that Eddings may have lacked integrity seems likely to get back to the offices of Major League Baseball.

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