CB Bucknor could owe Aaron Boone a thanks.
Whereas Boone took many of the warmth Tuesday throughout and after Recreation 2 of the ALDS for the Yankees’ controversial pitching plan — making Deivi Garcia merely an opener and following up with J.A. Happ — Bucknor had a tough night time himself.
The house-plate umpire’s erratic strike zone was a supply of ire for gamers and followers alike throughout the Rays’ 7-5 win over the Yankees, with just a few brutal calls standing out on an evening when the push for robo-umps was renewed.
Maybe the lasting picture of the night time got here within the prime of the ninth inning because the Yankees tried to mount a comeback, with Pete Fairbanks on the mound and Gleyber Torres on the plate. With a person on first, no outs and a 3-1 rely, Fairbanks threw a 100 mph fastball clearly excessive and out of doors, which Bucknor referred to as a strike. He heard it from the Yankees dugout, with Brett Gardner main the best way by emphatically holding his fingers far aside to indicate how a lot the pitch missed the strike zone. Ron Darling additionally instantly questioned the decision on the TBS broadcast, saying, “Man oh man.”
Torres went on to attract a stroll anyway, so the decision was not amplified, but it surely was removed from the one mishap on an evening the Yankees struck out 18 occasions towards the Rays’ robust pitching.
The Yankees aren’t the one ones who’ve been pissed off with Bucknor. In a 2010 ESPN ballot, he was voted the worst umpire in MLB, getting named on 42 % of the ballots. Bucknor additionally drew that title in a pair of Sports activities Illustrated polls in 2003 and 2006.