MLB umpire makes no effort whatsoever to ensure that he made the right call
Now, he might be known as the guy who forced MLB's hand when it comes to instant replay, even if that's a bit unfair.
Wise almost made another incredible catch, jumping into the stands in foul play to rob Jack Hannahan of an at-bat.
Key word: almost.
Wise didn't actually make the catch, but that apparently didn't matter at all to umpire Mike DiMuro.
DiMuro made the "out" call without ever actually seeing the catch itself, and without even verifying that Wise had the ball when he came out of the stands.
That was a lucky break for Wise and the Yankees, since it was pretty clear that he didn't make the catch, and didn't have the ball in his glove when he came out of the stands.
While many people are using this play as an example of why Major League Baseball needs instant replay, it's actually far more egregious than that.
DiMuro didn't need instant replay to see that Wise didn't make the catch. All he needed to do was put in just the slightest bit of effort into making the right call.
If he were even remotely paying attention, he'd notice a few important things.
#1: As he was moving towards Wise, a fan directly to DiMuro's left was waving around the ball, which had rolled to him after Wise DIDN'T make the catch. Notice the guy in the red shirt, who has the ball, while DiMuro waltzes right past him.
#2: When Wise left the stands, he didn't have the ball in his glove. This is Umpiring 101, really. You're supposed to at least make the fielder show you the ball.
#3: Since Wise never actually had a ball in his glove, this is something that the other umpires should have noticed at some point, when they had to reproduce another game ball for actual in-game use. Sure, he could have thrown it into the stands, but if they were paying attention, they'd know that didn't happen.
Sure, maybe we could use instant replay for certain circumstances in baseball. But the reality is that we need competent umpires who care enough to make the effort to determine what the right call is on any given play.
Mike DiMuro showed incompetence, and showed no effort whatsoever to make the right call.
Sit him down for a few games, fine him, do whatever you have to do. Human error is acceptable when it's merely a mistake, or if the hand is quicker than the eye. It's not acceptable when they ump doesn't even bother trying.