Umpire's awful strike three call on Joe Mauer (GIF)

Aug 14, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (7) hits a single in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Despite a rash of injuries that derailed his catching career, Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer knows hitting.

One of the premier hitters we’ve seen in Major League Baseball during the last decade, Mauer holds a career .322 batting average.

Needless to say, he has a pretty solid grip of the strike zone. Somebody that doesn’t is umpire C.B. Bucknor who is notorious for his extremely wide strike zone. Bucknor put that zone on display during the Twins game today as they were attempting to come back against the Chicago White Sox.

Few attended the blustery game thanks to cool temperatures, high winds and rainy conditions – so it’s possible that Bucknor was doing what he could to expedite the game because his strike three call on Mauer was one of the worst I can recall.

There’s off the plate and then there is clearly off the plate, well into the opposing batter box. That’s where the pitch landed, but Bucknor saw it differently, ringing up Mauer on an awful strike three call.

Mistakes are made and that’s understandable. But that’s a pretty rough one to explain.

H/T CJ Zero

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