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MLB Playoff Umpires May Need Help: Who’s Watching the Watchmen?

Published by on October 13, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Without question, the most thankless job in sports is held by officials.

Referees, umpires, line judges—all are as greatly despised as they are under-appreciated. And in many cases, the vitriol aimed at them is entirely unjust.

No one ever congratulates an ump for calling a good game or a ref for throwing a flag. Instead, fans rain vicious auditory attacks down upon the weary officials, whether or not they've earned them.

In this year's baseball playoffs, however, the bleacher creature jeers and jests are well-deserved.

Beginning with a botched hit-by-pitch call in the one-game playoff between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers, Major League umpires have been blowing calls left, rig...

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