It has not been a great season so far for Major League Baseball umpires. Angel Hernandez ushered us all back to the game with some wild spring training calls and it’s been downhill ever since. Umpire Marty Foster decided to give Hernandez a break on Wednesday and pick up the mantle for the “worst call of the season” with a truly bizarre decision during the Milwaukee Brewers – Miami Marlins game.

The call in question occurred in the 2nd inning when Marlins’ second baseman Isan Diaz hit a dribbler towards first base. Brewers pitcher Zack Godley ran over to the ball, scooped it up, and easily threw Diaz out at first base. At least, that’s what it looked like. However, despite the fact that Godley never left the grass was not in Diaz’s way at all, Foster called interference on the pitcher, giving Diaz the base.

It’s even crazier when you actually see it play out.

Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy went (rightly) ballistic and got ejected. But that didn’t stop the Brewers from letting Foster know he made a truly terrible call that anyone with a modicum of baseball knowledge should know better than making.

So egregious was the call that fans and viewers went beyond calling it stupid and veered into “what are we even doing here?” befuddlement.

Believe it or not, Foster defended the call afterward, saying that Godley was in the basepath of the runner and that it was “clear-cut.”

Robot umpires by 2025, please.


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A graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse related things for SB Nation, Curbed,, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Chicago.