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Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

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  1. David

    I'm glad that when I saw the ump lineups last night and made my post in your other thread that Angel didn't have one iota of impact on the game with his strikezone calling!

  2. HokieEngineer

    The one call on the 1-1 pitch to Nunez in the 4th was huge. It put him in a 1-2 hole instead of being up 2-1. That was the key moment in the game, and he blew it.

    • David

      I dunno… the ring-up of Martin or ARod's at-bat in the 9th were pretty key too, no?

  3. Hugh

    I'm not sure I agree. I see 8 pitches outside the zone called strikes, all bar two of them pretty marginal, and three inside the zone called balls, all of them marginal. I can imagine an umpire doing a worse job. That's 11 out 271 total pitches, by my count. Of which you could only truly say 2 were miles off. I'll take a <1% error rate.

    • Hugh

      Albeit, now I think of it, that 271 total included pitches that were swung at! Nonetheless, I'd still say there's not a lot to be too critical of there, especially when you see the map from the other game, posted by William.

    • Steve

      I agree with you. My first reaction when I saw the map was "I don't really see what the big deal is". Unless I'm reading the map wrong it seems like he got the overwhelming majority of the calls right. Above all it doesn't look like he was even remotely biased towards either the Yanks or the O's. I'm as frustrated as anybody about the loss last night but from the looks of it Angel Hernandez had nothing to do with it one way or the other.

      • Anders

        Key thing: No apparent bias, just unpredictable.

        • Hugh

          Respectfully, I'd suggest that the unpredictability is the more common cause for complaint or criticism. Rarely, if ever, can one properly suggest that an umpire has been consciously partial to one team. But unpredictability (far more common but not especially apparent here, I suggest) creates uncertainty in the minds of the players that taints the game and has a consequent but unmeasurable impact on the outcome.

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