On Friday afternoon, Vanderbilt and Michigan met for a rematch of the College Baseball World Series from 2019. It was opening day for college baseball all around the country, so the players - and umpires - weren't in midseason form just yet.
We preface this story with that statement to give the umpire from the Wolverines game against the Commodores a tangible excuse for a reckless call he made during the game. In actuality, there is no excuse for what he did during the game.
Outfielder Jimmy Obertop was at the plate when he jumped back to avoid an incoming pitch. Obertop's movement suggests the ball was inside, but the umpire called it a strike.
The outfielder wasn't happy with the call and dragged his bat in the dirt. That was enough for the umpire to toss Obertop from the game.
Check it out.
It's a truly terrible judgement call from the umpire. To toss a kid for dragging his bat in the dirt after what looked like a questionable strike call is egregious.
However, baseball fans have become used to umpires posturing for their own sake.
In the end, Michigan won the rematch of last year's World Series with a 4-3 victory over Vanderbilt.