In last night’s Yankees’ 6-4 victory over the Indians, Dewayne Wise nearly caught the final out of the top of the 7th inning off of a Jack Hannahan foul. Despite only “nearly” catching the ball, incompetent umpire Mike DiMuro credited Wise with the final out of the frame. As you can see in the above video, the ball clearly drops out of the bottom of Wise’s glove, rolls over to a fan wearing a red shirt, who bends over to pick up the uncaught ball (at 0:41.) Nonetheless, Wise feigned having made the catch, keeping his glove closed while accepting back-pats from the fans, and trots over to the dugout as if he just closed out the inning.
To make matters worse, after Hannahan approached DiMuro to question why Wise’s glove wasn’t even checked for the supposedly caught ball, DiMuro promptly ejected him from the game. I think it’s time for the MLB to admit that relying solely on umpires is obsolete at this point. Or at the very least, implement a rule that all balls caught for an out be presented to the umpire, as clearly some umpires lack the common sense to ask to see the ball when it is ambiguous whether the catch was made.