The MLB umpiring issue has been a significant talking point all season long. As such, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred plans to introduce robot umps in 2024.
But, believe it or not, there was a near-perfect performance by umpire Jim Reynolds during Thursday’s game between the Cleveland Guardians and Detroit Tigers. Here’s Reynolds’ score, courtesy of Umpire Scorecards.
— Umpire Scorecards (@UmpScorecards) July 15, 2022
That’s right, Reynolds finished with a 99% overall accuracy and 95% overall consistency. Out of 131 pitches, only one was called incorrectly, and here’s the pitch he missed.
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) July 15, 2022
We always talk about the terrible jobs by umpires, but let’s give Reynolds a tip of the hat for a fantastic job. MLB fans are still shocked at how good of a job Reynolds did.
pitcher misses spot = catcher moves glove too much = strike is called a ball = umpire perfect game ruined
— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) July 15, 2022
Make him an All Star umpire @MLB!
— Marie (@zme_ow305) July 15, 2022
Good job Jimmy 👏🏽
— cleveland sp (@clevestanbul) July 15, 2022
Jim Reynolds masterclass
— Brandon Drury Stan (@dinonugs248) July 15, 2022
— Sports Fan (@sportsfan03578) July 15, 2022
— Yukihira ATARI◢ ◤当 雪片 (@81ATARI) July 15, 2022
Being an umpire is a difficult job, and the MLB definitely needs robot umps with the number of atrocious calls we have seen. But Jim Reynolds was a master on Thursday and deserves all the credit. Why can’t all of them be like him?