Technically, this was probably the correct call. But was it the right call?
In a minor-league matchup Friday between Double-A teams Hartford Yard Goats and Binghamton Rumble Ponies -- yes, those are the real names of both teams -- Rumble Ponies pitcher Cory Burns slipped off the mound during the middle of a pitch to Yard Goats batter Josh Fuentes.
The hilarious result of the pitch was overshadowed by the ruling of the home-plate umpire after Fuentes decided to take a random (sarcastic?) swing as the ball continued to roll down toward home plate.
Result: strike three. Fuentes is retired on one of the most unlikely strikeouts in the history of baseball.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 28, 2017
According to the letter of the law: yes, this probably should have been called a strike. But did this call violate the spirit of the rule? Decide for yourself.
Either way, the ruling was one of the most important calls of the game, as the Rumble Ponies went on a win by a single run, 5-4.