Aug 21, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Adolis Garcia (53) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

We’re at the point in the Major League Baseball season where announcers are getting more and more fed up with the umpiring around the league. It seems that as the season has gone on, the ball and strike calls have gotten worse. For a league that relies so heavily on officiating, it’s a bit of an ominous sign with the playoffs just a little over a month away.

Anyways, the broadcast booth that was incredulous over a missed call was the Texas Rangers on Monday night. With the Rangers leading 3-1 in the 11th inning of an extra-innings game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Doug Eddings called a 1-1 pitch out of the zone a strike.

Rangers outfielder Adolis García had just taken Ball 2 from Diamondbacks reliever Kevin Ginkel. Well, at least everyone at Chase Field, thought so, including Rangers analyst C.J. Nitkowski, who is filling in for play-by-play voice Dave Raymond.

“Nooo, what?! What in the world?!”

“That is… that is incredibly frustrating,” analyst David Murphy said.

“I mean, not only is it outside, but it’s missed location,” said Nitkowski.

“It’s a big-time missed location,” added Murphy

You can listen to Nitkowski and Murphy vent their frustration from the Bally Sports Southwest broadcast below:

Did this directly affect the outcome of the game? It’s a thinly-veiled argument at best, even though García struck out two pitches later. Could he have added an insurance run if the count was 2-1 instead of 1-2? Maybe, but the Rangers still handed their bullpen a two-run lead heading into the bottom half of the frame.

After getting the first two batters out in the 11th, veteran reliever Will Smith imploded. He intentionally walked Ketel Marte, who hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, only for Geraldo Perodomo and Tommy Pham to have back-to-back clutch doubles to give the Diamondbacks a 4-3 walk-off win.

We’ll have to see how Eddings grades out, but it seems like the Rangers have a legitimate gripe here. That pitch was no were close to being a strike. And regardless of how the game turned out, it’s unfortunate that umpires still have as direct an impact on a game as they do.

Good on Nitkowski, Murphy and broadcasters around the league for continuing to call out poor umpiring. This season has been one of the worst in recent memory for those behind the dish and those in the broadcast booth have certainly held them more accountable than the league has.

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.