Another day, another brutal call by a baseball umpire.

On Monday evening, the Maryland Terrapins found themselves locked in a heated battle with the UConn Huskies in the College Park Regional with elimination on the line. Down 10-8 in the top of the eighth, fifth-year senior center fielder Chris “Bubba” Alleyne hit a dribbler up the first-base line. UConn’s pitcher scooped the ball and throw it across his body to first base, but he missed. Alleyne, who had beaten the throw anyway, collided with the first baseman and they both hit the ground. The first base umpire signaled that Alleyne was safe. Meanwhile, a Maryland runner on third base scored to cut the deficit to one run.

However, that’s when home plate umpire Jeff Head overruled the call and called Alleyne out, saying that he had run out of the baseline. The call was reviewed and upheld. Alleyne was out and the baserunner returned to third base, keeping the score at 10-8.

Maryland would go on to lose the elimination game, 11-8.

Pretty much everyone watching at home felt like the call was way out of line and an overreach by the umpire. The ruling was that the runner had stepped inside the baselines, but it was a negligible step. Not to mention that the pitcher was throwing the ball from foul territory. It’s hard to understand why this call needed to be made at such a crucial moment in the game.

To be fair, some people noted that while it all looks odd, technically it’s the right call.

Danan Hughes, who did play-by-play the game, chimed in on Twitter to explain why the umpire made the call.

“Ultimately they landed on the letter of the rule, runner inside lines=out,” wrote Hughes. “Gray area & I think the fact that pitcher fielded in play but threw from foul territory should b a factor in the call. Gray area, but rough 4the Terps. Runner back to 3rd as well. Tough.”

All in all, while the call may have been technically feasible, it’s hard not to see it and an umpire overstepping in a moment that didn’t call for it.

So, are umpires getting worse, or are we just all noticing it more often?


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote '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 other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to