Umpires have a tough job. Incredibly difficult. Still, you’re at the big league level for a reason. So, you’ve got to be ready to handle the heat when you blow one. And Bill Welke blew one on Monday…big-time.
The call came in the second inning of the Tigers-Red Sox Memorial Day affair. The miss was magnified because the extended at-bat for the Sox Mike Aviles turned an inning-ender into a three-run frame for Boston, who would go on to win 7-4. The immediate result of Welke’s whiff? A livid Jim Leyland and bench coach Gene Lamont went ballistic and both received the old heave-ho.
Leyland continued to offer a fairly logical argument for his ire during his post-game presser. Seeing as it appears Aviles didn’t touch the ball…and catcher Gerald Lair caught it in the air…well, we get it.
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