The check-swing call in baseball has always been one of the most difficult for umpires to make. After a late Chicago Cubs rally was thwarted on a strike-three, check-swing call on Kyle Schwarber, Chicago manager Joe Maddon suggested that maybe it shouldn’t be the umpires making the call.
“You see the check swing where the hands [don’t move] — to me that’s not a swing,” Maddon said. “It’s what you do with the barrel [of the bat]. Everybody’s worried about an electronic strike zone. I want an electronic method to control a check swing.
“That would be much more interesting. I would prefer that. Let the umpires call that game like they always do, but let’s figure out a way to control check swings. I’ve got ideas on that, too.”cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal
Runners were on second and third base when Schwarber was rung up by third-base umpire Gabe Morales to end Chicago’s 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Schwarber immediately fired his batting helmet into the turf and charged at Morales, who threw him out of the game about the same time as home plate umpire Jerry Meals tossed Schwarber.
Schwarber isn’t sure an electronic remedy would work, but either way, he wasn’t happy about a game ending in that fashion, especially against a tough pitcher such as Angels closer Cody Allen.
“I don’t know,” Schwarber said when asked about his manager’s idea. “I don’t know how you can do that. I just didn’t like the way it ended, [after] grinding out an at-bat against him. It was a big situation right there. I worked him. You’ve got to battle. I thought I didn’t go, and he thought I did.“nfl nike jerseys cheap china
The final pitch resulted in Schwarber’s second checked swing during the at-bat against Allen. The first one was called a ball, though it appeared that Schwarber might have gone further on the first check swing than the one that ended the game.
“If I didn’t go the first time, I didn’t go the second time,” Schwarber said. “If you’re not 100 percent sure, you can’t call it. Obviously, I was frustrated. Who’s not going to be frustrated when they end the game like that, and you’re that close to sniffing out a run? I just don’t think it was a good call.”
Schwarber played linebacker back when he was a high school athlete in Middletown, Ohio. That was never that relevant to his baseball career until after Saturday’s game ended, as teammate Javier Baez — the runner on third base — grabbed Schwarber and prevented him from getting near the umpires.