MLB Umpires Fail Simple Physics Exam With Thome Bomb

August 6, 2010

What happens when you hit a golf ball down the fairway?  The ball lands and bounces forward in same direction the ball was hit.  What happens when you hit a golf ball down the fairway but it hits the tree standing there in the middle?  The ball bounces in a different direction from which the ball had been traveling, most times it will actually bounce backwards towards the ball striker.  What happened in Cleveland tonight on a ball crushed by Jim Thome is no different.  The ball clearly landed over the fence and bounced back onto the field of play.  Since it is clear the ball was above the wall, the only direction the ball could bounce would be forward or backward.  If it hit the top of the wall, it bounces forward into the crowd (like golfball hitting fairway).  If the ball bounces back into the field of play, it obviously hit something because to force it’s trajectory to REVERSE (tree in fairway).  Given the ball was clearly over the top of the fence, and it hit something in the stands to bounce backwards onto the field, the ball clearly should be ruled a home run.  The umpires failed simple physics tonight and although it wasn’t crucial in the outcome of the game, it is an embarrassment to the umpiring crew.


We all know Jim Thome is highly thought of one of the nicest guys in baseball.  What happens when Jimbo stops being nice and starts being real?  The Real World Cleveland Robs Thome a Tator. Think Phil Hartman as Frankenstein…..GHHHHHHH FIRE BAD


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9 Responses to MLB Umpires Fail Simple Physics Exam With Thome Bomb

  1. GameChat – Twins @ Indians, 6:05pm | Knuckleballs on August 6, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    [...] I mean about the Home Run botched call, Ben Collin did a good write up and it saves me the trouble: Simple Physics. // No Comments by CapitalBabs  /  August 6, 2010  /  Posted in: [...]

  2. donn on August 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    so what? this is a non-issue that had no impact on the game.

  3. BWC on August 6, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    donn, I like to get thing right, regardless of outcome. It’s such a horrible job by the umpires I had to say something. I don’t rip umpires for sport or anything, I’m just confused how they missed it.

  4. shannon on August 7, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I’ve been pretty pissed about a lot of calls this season alone, and not just from Twins games.

  5. X on August 7, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Who knows if it would have an impact on the game or not. With the bases cleared and nobody out Cleveland may have switched pitchers, and would definately have pitched differently to Span.

  6. Scott on August 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Donn, I’m going to go ahead and sort of…disagree here.

    The call does affect the rest of that inning. Instead of a 6-6 game and no outs with the top of the order due up, the Twins had runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. This completely changes Span’s approach at the plate, and for a player who has been struggling, a lower leverage situation is beneficial. Span may have the opportunity to bunt for a hit with the bases empty, then perhaps Casilla can advance him to second on a bunt, and now the Twins have the go-ahead run in scoring position for the middle of the order. The Twins may have recorded three straight outs after that, but the fact is that even though they still scored those runs, the correct call by the umpires creates a much different situation.

  7. Luke on August 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    They should DH Thome all game tonight and let him unleash his fury through his swing

  8. jim on August 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    whats up with the oversized uniforms in tonites game 8/7/10?

  9. BWC on August 7, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Negro League throwbacks I think.

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