Judging the Royals

May 26, 2013 9:52 PM

The Royals lose, Billy Butler’s ejection doesn’t help

They say you know an umpire did a good job when you don’t notice him—by that standard, umpire Marty Foster had a bad weekend. Friday night he missed a call on a stolen base involving Chris Getz and Mike Trout, Saturday afternoon he at least appeared to miss a call on a double play involving Getz and then wound up ejecting him. Sunday afternoon he made a questionable call on Billy Butler (I’ll explain why it was questionable in a moment) and then ended up ejecting him. And to top things off, he missed a foul tip during Jeff Francoeur’s last at-bat and then, after Frenchy objected, Foster checked the ball and when then that didn’t satisfy him, he went out and consulted with the rest of the umpiring crew.

Judging the Royals

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