Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm’s lead foot never touched the plate on his ninth-inning dash home Sunday night against the Braves. ESPN’s replays made that clear.
Except it wasn’t clear enough for the umpires, who called Bohm safe in Atlanta and then again in MLB’s New York replay center. And that led to a second NL East game in four days being decided by a blown or missed call that was upheld by replay.
In real-time, it looked as though Bohm successfully slid around Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who was blocking the plate. But then came the multiple replay angles showing Bohm’s foot hovering over the dish as he was being tagged on his back leg.
Braves manager Brian Snitker threw his cap in the air in frustration after New York upheld plate umpire Lance Barrett’s call and then came out to mildly argue. Snitker was convinced they got it wrong.
#Braves MGR Brian Snitker on fateful replay review:
“It’s frustrating sometimes… And that’s what I told the umpires. You know, because I got a view. I got a view on the big screen that he didn’t touch the plate.”
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) April 12, 2021
What does Bohm think of all this? He had to see the replay plenty on the Truist Park video board, right?
Alec Bohm: “I was called safe. That’s all that matters.”
— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) April 12, 2021
The umpires have not yet commented.
The Phillies went on to win 7-6.
On Thursday, the Mets walked off their home opener against the Marlins when Michael Conforto stuck his elbow in the path of a pitch with the bases loaded. Conforto should have been called out on strikes because the ball was in the strike zone when it hit him. The replay umps let the HBP stand.
Home plate umpire Ron Kulpa acknowledged after seeing a replay himself that he had goofed.
To paraphrase what SNY analyst Ron Darling said after Conforto got away with his move, why have replay if the umpires can’t get the call right?