This call from umpire CB Bucknor might be one of the worst in history



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A true legend was born on Tuesday night during the game between the and the . It wasn’t the legend of or or . It was the legend of CB Bucknor, terrible umpire.

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In the world of bad umpiring, CB Bucknor is now a legend. (AP Photo)MoreIt was the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Braves were down 3-1 with the bases loaded. A walk-off was in sight. Chase d’Arnaud was at the plate, battling with Nats reliever . On the 2-1 pitch d’Arnaud swung at the ball and missed for strike three, and even though catcher missed catching the ball, he snagged it off the ground and stepped on home plate, ending the game via forceout.

baseball style jerseys At least that’s what anyone with a functioning set of eyes thought. The players had started giving high fives and leaving the field when Bucknor called the umpires in to confer. The call on that final pitch was changed from a game-ending strikeout to a foul tip that Wieters hadn’t held on to. If you think that maybe it could have been a foul tip, here’s a closeup of that fateful swing.

wholesale mlb jerseys “foul tip” pic.twitter.com/MI5UQEXzUH

— Zach Dillard (@Zach_Dillard) April 19, 2017

d’Arnaud obviously missed that pitch by at least six inches, which is what makes the call so, so bad. The simple way to clear this up would be to review the play, right? If only they could. Foul tips aren’t reviewable under the current rules, so instead of asking the umpire back in New York to take a look at it, the umpires stood around, and then Bucknor changed the result of that pitch to one that didn’t actually happen.

It could have changed the outcome of the entire game. It was the bottom of the ninth inning and the Braves had the bases loaded at home. cheap jerseys They were down by just two runs, and they’d already scored one in the inning. It doesn’t matter that d’Arnaud struck out anyway and no further damage was done. Anything could have happened with that final, extra, unnecessary pitch that Kelley had to throw.

As you might expect, there were a lot of angry, confused feelings after the game. Ray Knight, TV analyst for the Nationals, nearly exploded as he delivered his commentary.

Ray Knight had some thoughts about CB Bucknor after the game pic.twitter.com/KFYz2ZcDjb

— Danny (@recordsANDradio) April 19, 2017

Here’s what Knight had to say:

“That’s ridiculous. I mean, you’re supposed to be a major league umpire, which means you’re the best of the best. This guy’s struggled forever. I’m just gonna be candid with you, he has never been a good umpire. And I hate to cut people down, but gosh darn, how long are they going to go with this guy? Honestly, Johnny, that was the worst game I’ve seen called, except the last game I saw him call behind the plate. He is brutal back there.”

Even the Braves radio broadcaster had to comment on it, and the Braves were the team that actually benefitted from that bad call.

“I’ve seen CB Bucknor call a lot of games but that was rock bottom.” –@Jim_Powell nailed it

— Jonathan Howard (@jondhoward) April 19, 2017

These people weren’t the only ones utterly amazed by Bucknor’s terrible umpiring. had some words for him after the game, though that’s a bit of an understatement. Werth essentially tried to devour Bucknor so his umpiring would never be a danger to anyone ever again.

Jayson Werth Jerseys letting CB Bucknor have it after the game pic.twitter.com/sELuQix4sB

— Danny (@recordsANDradio) April 19, 2017

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Later on, Werth actually used his words to explain why he was upset, instead of trying to somehow breathe fire out of his mouth like a dragon.

Jayson Werth Jerseys’s full quote on the end-of-game umpiring tonight… pic.twitter.com/Q24LU7F0qy

— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) April 19, 2017

Werth was definitely angry about Bucknor’s foul tip shenanigans, but that call was just the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae made entirely of terrible calls. (Spoiler: that sundae tastes horrible.) Bucknor’s strike zone was horrendous throughout the night, with calls that hurt both the Nationals and the Braves. Here’s something else Werth was probably angry about.

Jayson Werth Jerseys just struck out. Didn’t swing at any pitch, yet somehow the umpire called 3 of these strikes… pic.twitter.com/5njgsP143q

— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) April 19, 2017

Woof. But that’s not all. Here’s more info on Bucknor’s inconsistent strike zone.

This is CB Bucknor’s called strikes for LHH and RHH from last night’s game from Brooks Baseball presented without comment pic.twitter.com/lkMjx2FqBb

— Eric Cole (@leprekhan) April 19, 2017

Bucknor called this pitch a strike.

Call hurts #NationalsStrike 3 should be ball 4Top 4 Foltynewic vs Werth0% call same5.6in from edge pic.twitter.com/6HisuLug0B

— Nats Strike Zone (@NationalsUmp) April 19, 2017

And this pitch he called a ball.

Call helps #NationalsBall 2 should be strike 2Top 7 Foltynewic vs Difo0% call same6.9in from edge pic.twitter.com/YxytHUwW0l

— Nats Strike Zone (@NationalsUmp) April 19, 2017

That is egregiously terrible. And what’s worse, the Nationals and Braves have experienced one of his bad fair/foul calls before. Back in 2015, the Braves won on a walk-off against the Nats when Bucknor ruled a ball fair without even looking at it.

So congratulations to CB Bucknor for becoming a legend of bad umpiring on Tuesday night. He can be sure that fans will never let him forget it.

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