Wednesday night Bryce Harper was ejected after losing his mind in response to the home plate umpire quickly ringing him up on a check swing. Now, the umpire was likely correct, but Harper wanted him to get help from the third base umpire.
It seems like every day a batter wonders why the home plate ump decides if he swung or not even though he has an inferior angle than the base umpires.
Heck, Miguel Cabrera always points down to the first base ump on a check swing, because he knows that the home plate ump doesn’t have a clean view, but will ring him up anyway. Mike Trout, among others have started pointing down to first/third base too.
In a key situation during the ninth inning of game four in the 2014 NLDS, the home plate decided to say Ian Desmond swung on this check swing. It was a horrendous call and the first base umpire would’ve said no swing. Buster Posey assumed the home plate umpire would need help by pointing to first, but nope! Guess not!
It is time to make it a requirement to ask for help on any check swing. It takes two seconds, doesn’t delay the game, and the base umpires are far more accurate than the home plate umpires.