Umpire Jerry Meals made an absolutely atrocious call on Tuesday night during a game that lasted 19 innings between the Braves and Pirates. 

Tuesday night's game between the Braves and Pirates lasted 19 innings and nearly seven hours.  The Braves won the game 4-3 when umpire Jerry Meals called Julio Lugo safe at home.  It was a ridiculous call.

Catcher Michael McKenry clearly tagged Lugo on his leg.  Lugo said after the game that he didn't feel the tag and that the call was right.  His reaction following McKenry's sweep tag suggests otherwise.  He looked like a little kid who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.


"I didn't see the glove hit his leg," umpire Jerry Meals said.  "I'm guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened I didn't see a tag."  The throw beat Lugo by so much, McKenry would have had to clearly, without question, completely whiff on the tag for Meals to call him safe.  That didn't happen.

How we are still talking about baseball not having more advanced forms of replay is beyond me.  Baseball is the slowest sport to embrace change.  It takes tennis a handful of seconds to determine if a ball is in or out at Wimbledon, and we can't have a version of replay in baseball that doesn't take forever?  Of course we can.  Get it done, baseball.


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