Saturday the Baltimore Orioles became the losing team to the longest winning streak in Major League Baseball. The Toronto Blue Jays streak sits at ten games which is extremely impressive. As impressive as that is however, it pales in comparison to the longest streak in MLB. Friday night, umpire Angel Hernandez caused controversy from nowhere for one of the teams on the field for goodness knows how many games in a row. The victim this time was the Orioles.
It went like this. Chris Davis swung and missed a knuckleball from R.A. Dickey for strike three but the ball got away. Davis took off towards first as the catcher located the ball and threw it to first. Right about then Hernandez signaled that the ball was foul because Davis had foul tipped it at the plate. Everyone seemed to disagree with at least their body language but the Jays manager disagreed out loud.
Naturally Hernandez then talked with the guys who were over 100 feet away and could not possibly have had a better view of this situation: the other umpires. After talking to the guys that didn’t see the play nearly as well as he did, Hernandez realized he had not heard the ball hit the bat and changed his call to a strikeout. I think by that time Buck Showalter had to come out just to prove a point.
The most hilarious managerial tossing of the year happened after that however as Showalter displayed what everyone was thinking about this umpiring crew and what MLB is apparently too scared to say aloud. Showalter walked in a little semicircle, pointed at each umpire in the crew and ‘tossed’ every one of them. Buck, I couldn’t have said it better myself.