Umpire Dale Scott rung up Big Papi on a terrible call

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David Ortiz struck out looking in the ninth inning of yesterday’s Sox-Jays game.  I’ve seen Ortiz roll his eyes and grumble about calls before, but he’s not known to be a whiner or anything.  He went absolutely nuts after strike three, however, and when you watch the video, you’ll agree that he had a case.  That ball would have plunked a righty on the thigh.

But maybe our eyes deceive us! Maybe the camera angle and wind shear and the Doppler effect and stuff tricked our minds into seeing a ball when it really was a strike!  Pitch f/x, baby!  It’s the only way to be sure!

Ortiz pitch FX.gifNope! Just as bad as it looked. And strike one wasn’t much better.

It happens, I suppose. But as pitch data is becoming easier and easier for the common fan to use, bad calls are becoming harder to take.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.