MLB umpires are looking worse with each passing year, and players and fans alike are getting seriously frustrated. After a series of questionable calls, some of which could be considered erratic, early on this season, one thing is becoming clear; the league has a serious problem with its officiating.
Below is just one example of how bad officiating has been in baseball this season. In the top of the sixth inning, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner threw a fastball that was way out of the zone. It was called ruled as strike three, sitting down Rockies star Nolan Arenado, and ending the inning with a man on third base.
It was a game-changing call that could've led to a pivotal at-bat. Arenado was surprisingly not tossed from the game after throwing a tantrum following the strike-three call, suggesting the home-plate umpire knew he was in the wrong.
Another incident arose at the conclusion of the Chicago Cubs game on Saturday. Kyle Schwarber was ejected after striking out on a check-swing to end the game. Once again, there were runners in scoring position in a close-knit ball game.