Bochy's Rangers ejection has another ump on notice after Angel Hernandez retirement

Bruce Bochy's latest ejection highlighted once again that MLB replay rules and their umpiring crews need a real overhaul.
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In addition to their terrible luck with injuries this year, the Texas Rangers have exactly gotten much help from MLB's umpires in 2024. Angel Hernandez, who was revealed to be retiring effective immediately in a move that was cheered far and wide, was famously bad during Wyatt Langford's AB earlier this year.

Unfortunately, the guys in blue had themselves another tough weekend when the Rangers battled the Twins on Saturday. Texas was leading late in the game and looked like they were going to finally end their losing streak when a very questionable call on a foul tip not only got Bruce Bochy tossed, but proved to be a turning point in the game as Texas lost yet again.

Umpires blow another call against Rangers highlighting the need for big changes

The play in question is pretty straight-forward malpractice. Eduardo Julien swung at a pitch in the seventh inning, foul tipped it into Jonah Heim's glove, and notorious home plate umpire Laz Diaz correctly called it as such.

However, the Twins asked for third base umpire Erich Bacchus' ruling and he ruled that the pitch had been fouled, but not caught. Such plays are not reviewable, so Bochy went out and got his money's worth while getting ejected and the Twins would score a run later in the inning setting the stage for their game-winning rally.

Aside from the fact that Laz Diaz, who isn't exactly known for getting things right, getting the call correct, this sort of thing shouldn't even be a problem. The third base umpire doesn't have nearly a good enough view of foul tips to make a call here and the fact that these plays aren't reviewable is ridiculous. We are currently seeing a sea of change when comes to umpires' role in MLB right now, and plays like this one should be near the top of the list of ones that need to be addressed in the near future. Diaz deferring to the third-base ump after making the correct call, and then tossing Bochy after five seconds of arguing is absolute ridiculousness.

Until then, the Rangers just have to hope that their luck turns around soon and that umpires' eyes work well enough not to find other new and exciting ways to screw them over.

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