Worst Umpire Call Ever? [Updated]

by Lee Hernly

In the tag seen round the world, Umpire Jerry Meals apparently didn’t think the Pirates catcher Mike McKenry tagged the Atlanta Braves Julio Lugo sufficiently and made a really gutsy call.

This play really reminded me of the Sid Bream play between these same teams from some years ago.

Lugo says he was safe and I have looked at the video below several times as well as one over at ESPN and I can see what appears to be clothing moved by the mitt (see about 2:15 into the video below). Baseball gives second basemen a lot of latitude when completing a double play, but not to catchers?

Credit to Jerry Meals on making a gutsy call. UPDATE: Meals says he ‘missed’ the call.

Exit Question: Should McKenry have blocked the plate a little better?

(Video via Sports Grid)

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