We’ve seen plenty of terrible calls from umpires over the past few years. Unfortunately for Landry Pate of the Wylie Little League All-Stars, who are representing Texas in this year’s Little League World Series, he was on the wrong end of an awful call on Tuesday night.
During the top of the third inning, Pate took a pitch that was way outside. Everyone watching at the stadium thought it would be a ball since it was off the plate. The umpire, however, thought it clipped the outside corner and called it a strike.
Pate couldn’t believe the call from the home plate umpire, as he just stood there in disbelief. He even looked around to see if anyone else disagreed with the call.
The broadcast crew for ESPN couldn’t believe that pitch was ruled a strike. However, they did enjoy Pate’s reaction to the call.
Here’s the awful strike call that left Pate speechless:
Some baseball fans called this Little League umpire “Angel Hernandez” since the veteran MLB umpire is known for making egregious calls behind the plate.
While most of the responses to this strike call were hilarious, there were actually a few fans who were livid with the home plate umpire.
“If that was a left-handed hitter, it would literally hit them in the shin,” a fan tweeted. “Be better ump, these are kids and that bat isn’t even long enough to make contact with that.”
There’s no doubt that pitch should’ve been ruled a ball.
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