Nats angry, but not blaming the umpires at World Series

Ben Krimmel
October 28, 2019 - 9:32 am

There is a reason umpires don't wear names on the back of their uniforms: Nobody should know their names. 

Well, after Game 5 of the World Series, everybody in Washington knows home plate umpire Lance Barksdale's name now.

However, the players and Washington Nationals manager Davey Martinez, once off the field, were not going to join the chorus of boos for Barksdale.

“You know what, I will not ever sit here and criticize an umpire," Martinez said. “I’ve known Lance for a very long time and he’s really good. And that’s all I’m going to say about it. I’m not going to sit here — I know there were some choice words, but that’s just in the heat of the moment. They’re doing their job, and they do it really well. That’s why they’re an umpire in the World Series.”

Of course, before you feel too bad for Barksdale, take another look at these calls.

Oh, that is a very bad miss. Baksdale claims Nationals catcher Yan Gomes jumped out and blocked his view, to which Gomes replied, "Oh, it's my fault?"

"Wake up!" was the call from Martinez.

In the bottom of the 7th with a runner on first, Victor Robles thought he worked a 3-2 walk on a fastball that was clearly a few inches off the plate. Key word: Thought. 

Robles was exceptionally angry.

And rightly so. Bring on the robot umpires?

The Nationals would go on to drop Game 5, 7-1, and are down 3-2 in the Series.

Pitcher Sean Doolittle said it was frustrating, but part of the game.

“It can be frustrating when you’re not getting borderline calls and then you see some borderline calls go the other way. But that’s part of the human element of the game," the Nats closer said. “It’s tough, but it’s still part of the game. It should’ve been a walk to Robles, and — I don’t know. I think what we can’t do right now — and I don’t think anybody in here is using it as an excuse or a crutch — but it can’t be something we’re thinking about. I don’t think it’s going to be, knowing the character of this team. You’ve got to turn the page and come out ready to go in Game 6. Whole new ballgame.”

There will be a different umpire behind the plate for Game 6 in Houston (and Game 7, if necessary) and hopefully, for the Nationals can  

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