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How the Year of the Umpires has Negatively Affected the Diamondbacks

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Everyone that watches baseball knows this year has been one for the books as far as bad umpiring has gone.

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If you watched the game last night featuring the Arizona Diamondbacks hosting the Texas Rangers, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Throughout the entirety of the game, we got to witness one of the worst called games all year.

That’s not just me being a fan and saying, ‘Where’d that one miss blue!’ It’s much deeper than that. Doug Edding was behind the plate and missed 21 calls.

Edding also had a correct call rate of 84.9%, the second lowest in the Majors this year. Of the 51 strikes called, 12 of them were true balls. Balls that were outside of the zone and unhittable.

Umpire Scorecards noted that the three most impactful missed calls on the night, were all against Diamondbacks’ Tommy Pham. With recent drama circling Pham, can we not just let him enjoy the game? A place where many people go to escape the outside world. Although Pham would ultimately overcome those missed calls and walk the game off in the 11th inning.

Watching the game, it just felt like Edding wanted to be the center of attention at times. I’m not sure if this year the umpiring has been historically bad just because of the rumors about robot umps. Although if that is the case, you’re just fueling the fire.

Recently the MLB has been moving towards the initiative of robot umpires. The ABS was moved up to Triple-A in 2022. However, they are not ready for the MLB call-up.

I was originally against the ABS being used. Let’s keep the game true you know, missed calls are apart of it. But not this, not 21 missed calls in a game.

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Devan Blankenship is a sports and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @DevanB2456 for premium Arizona Diamondbacks.

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