Miguel Sano got tossed after arguing a HORRIBLE strike call


The Twins lost another demoralizing game yesterday, and at one point frustration got to their young star, Miguel Sano. That came in the seventh inning when he was called out looking by home plate umpire John Hirschbeck. You can watch the video of it here.

Watching that video makes you realize that Sano was justifiably frustrated. The ball was way outside. But don’t rely on your own eyes for it. Check out the plot of the pitch:

Horrible, horrible call.

Which, fine, horrible calls happen. But this little episode grates for a few reasons. One of which is Hirschbeck’s reaction to Sano taking issue with the strike zone. Maybe a hitter isn’t supposed to argue balls and strikes, but an umpire certainly isn’t supposed to take it personally. Ideally, the ump is stoic in such instances and ejects the player if he crosses that line but ultimately doesn’t mix it up himself. Reading the lips of the ump here and seeing his demeanor, you can tell that he’s not doing anything to lower the heat of the conversation. Which, as a judge, not a combatant, he should be doing. He doesn’t answer to Sano and doesn’t have to respond. Major League Baseball should require that umps be above that.

Also annoying is the reaction to at least one observer:

I don’t know why we should just idly accept that umps, after doing a crap job, are justified in later holding it against people who note that, hey, they did a crap job. Why the lesson here is “young player should shut up and bear it” as opposed to “umpire should do better and not react in a petty fashion when he feels his authoritah is not being respected” is beyond me.

I know what people will say. “Hey, that’s baseball. You know how that goes.” Yes, I do. But just because that’s how it has historically gone doesn’t mean it’s not stupid.

Padres claim 2-time All-Star catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from Mets

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SAN DIEGO — The scuffling San Diego Padres claimed catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from the New York Mets.

The two-time All-Star was designated for assignment after playing in three games for the Mets. He went 1 for 6 with three strikeouts and an RBI, looking shaky at times behind the plate.

With the disappointing Padres (24-29) getting meager offensive production at catcher, they hope Sánchez can provide a boost. Austin Nola is batting .131 with three extra-base hits and a paltry .434 OPS in 39 games. His part-time platoon partner, second-stringer Brett Sullivan, is hitting .170 with four extra-base hits and a .482 OPS in 21 games since getting called up from the minors April 16.

Luis Campusano has been on the injured list since April 17 and is expected to be sidelined until around the All-Star break following left thumb surgery.

San Diego is responsible for just over $1 million in salary for Sánchez after assuming his $1.5 million, one-year contract.

The star-studded Padres have lost seven of 11 and are 3-3 on a nine-game East Coast trip. They open a three-game series at Miami.

San Diego becomes the third National League team to take a close look at the 30-year-old Sánchez this season. He spent time in the minors with San Francisco before getting released May 2 and signing a minor league contract a week later with the Mets, who were minus a couple of injured catchers at the time.

After hitting well in a short stint at Triple-A Syracuse, he was promoted to the big leagues May 19. When the Mets reinstated catcher Tomás Nido from the injured list last week, Sánchez was cut.

Sánchez’s best seasons came early in his career with the New York Yankees, where he was runner-up in 2016 AL Rookie of the Year voting and made the AL All-Star team in 2017 and 2019.

He was traded to Minnesota before the 2022 season and batted .205 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 128 games last year.

With the Padres, Sánchez could also be a candidate for at-bats at designated hitter, where 42-year-old Nelson Cruz is batting .245 with three homers, 16 RBIs and a .670 OPS, and 37-year-old Matt Carpenter is hitting .174 with four homers, 21 RBIs and a .652 OPS.