Lance Lynn and a Home Plate Umpire Struggle to Make Conversation
Published on 5-Sep-2019 by Raoul Duke
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Pitchers and home plate umpires tend to have fairly complicated relationships, even when the lines of communication are open.
However, when these lines are distorted, things sometimes break down.
This is precisely what happened last night in the Bronx.
Texas Rangers starter Lance Lynn ground out five innings in a 4-1 loss to the Yankees, without much help from home plate umpire Will Little.
But it wasn't an inconsistent strike zone that was causing the disconnect.
Instead, it was more a question of pacing, as the switch-hitting Lynn was trying to work quickly.
However, Little was keeping a different schedule, courtesy of an unusual ball replacement system.
Well, perhaps this will illuminate you:
Chris Woodward and Lance Lynn are confused why the umpire keeps taking balls out of play.— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) September 5, 2019
Good miscommunication with the ump and Lance at the end. pic.twitter.com/lsmsA9iYwX
Thanks as always to the fine folks at Jomboy Media for the distillation of that confusing exchange.
Not only is it terribly wasteful to plow through all of those baseballs, Little's ball removal strategy slows down an already slow game.
The portly Lynn concurs:
Lance Lynn's postgame quotes about home plate umpire Will Little, and the ball-replacing ordeal from tonight. pic.twitter.com/EPixv16zVH— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) September 5, 2019
Hopefully, these two dudes can get on the same page next time.
Meanwhile, Lynn was finally able to catch that flight out of New York.