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Video: Mike Estabrook makes an incredibly bad call at first base

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First base umpire Mike Estabrook made one of the worst calls of the season on a play in the top of the fifth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game between the Mets and Diamondbacks. With the Mets up 1-0, the D-Backs were threatening with runners on first and second. Unfortunately, pitcher Robbie Ray was up. On the first pitch he saw from Rafael Montero, Ray dropped down a bunt on the third base side. Wilmer Flores initially broke back towards the bag, so he had to pivot and come back in on the ball and whip it across the diamond. Ray was a couple of steps past the first base bag when the ball hit Dominic Smith’s glove, but Estabrook ruled Ray out. The call was quickly overturned.

No word yet if the umpires plan to wear white wristbands in protest of me pointing out this horrible call.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.