By: Stache Staff

GIF: Pirates Josh Harrison Runs Out Of Base Line, Somehow Called Safe vs Mets


In the bottom of the 10th inning, the Pittsburgh Pirates Left Fielder Josh Harrison was on 2nd base with nobody out when he was caught in a rundown by Jenrry Mejia.

What happened next defies all logic of umpiring and baseball over the past 150 years

Somehow in someway the umpires didn’t think that Harrison was out of the baseline and was ruled safe. The Mets manager Terry Collins was irate but the call stood and could not be challenged since the Mets had used theirs already and, I believe this is true but not 100% sure, couldn’t be challenged anyway.

The Mets looked to be doomed in the inning as it was 2nd and 3rd with nobody out but Jenrry Mejia would strikeout Travis Snyder and Neil Walker before getting Russell Martin to fly out to end the 10th.

What a great job by Mejia after one of the worst calls I have ever seen. Horrendous job by the Umpires but at least the Mets had karma on their side, finally.

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  1. Jay

    June 28, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    That’s not as horrendous a call as you seem to think it is. The baseline is *not* the shortest distance between two bases; it is established when an initial tag attempt is made, and is the shortest distance between where the runner is at that moment and the base. Rundowns are difficult to call, with new players making tag attempts and direction changes. I think that he was probably outside the baseline on the last attempt, and should have been out, but it’s not a terrible call.

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