Miami Marlins pitcher Richard Bleier was called for three balks in the same at-bat vs the New York Mets. Sep 27, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Richard Bleier (35) reacts after being thrown out of the game against the New York Mets by home plate umpire Ryan Blakney (36) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most bizarre innings of the 2022 Major League Baseball season took place during Tuesday night’s game between the Miami Marlins and New York Mets at Citi Field.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Marlins relief pitcher Richard Bleier was called for three balks by first-base umpire John Tumpane, all during the same Pete Alonso plate appearance. The third balk walked in a run.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly came out to argue the call and was ejected. Bleier was also ejected after the inning ended.

Mets play-by-play man Gary Cohen of SNY couldn’t believe Bleier was called for the three balks: “I have never seen anything like that in my life!”

Bleier had zero balks in his career over 303 appearances before the Alonso at-bat.

The left-hander is the first pitcher to have three balks in a game since Mike Pelfrey had three in 2009. And he’s the first to have a three-balk inning since Jim Gott in 1988.

Were these balk calls correct, or did we have yet another ump show on our hands?

Most of the reaction from baseball fans leans toward the latter, and that the calls were quite nitpicky at the very least. Here’s a sampling of the reaction on Twitter:

Despite being called for three balks in one plate appearance, the Marlins came away with a 6-4 win over the Mets. And the Mets fall into a first-place tie with the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

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