An unnamed source told The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is reviewing the circumstances of a play from Wednesday, September 13, Detroit Tigers’ game. During the play, catcher John Hicks failed to stop a pitch from Buck Farmer and the ball hit home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott in the left shoulder. Immediately, Cleveland Indians announcers (and Twitter) questioned whether or not the miss was intentional.
This all seems a bit extreme if you ask me. Take a look for yourself, what do you think of the play?
After a couple ejections 🤔 pic.twitter.com/7Wg7DY5uAt
— Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) September 13, 2017
Keep in mind, the play went down two batters after Wolcott had ejected both James McCann and manager Brad Ausmus from the game for arguing balls and strikes. Hicks came in to replace McCann behind the plate. However, it’s worth noting that the bases were loaded with two outs in the bottom of the third inning when this all went down. And, the Tigers were facing another sweep by Cleveland.
Unfortunately, the Indians went on to win the game 5-3, extending their winning streak to a historic 21 games at the time. Wolcott stayed in for the remainder of the game.
Also unfortunate, Hicks is getting a lot of heat for his lack of reaction. The team has adamantly made it clear there was no intention behind what happened.
Some apparently noted catcher John Hicks' lack of reaction when the umpire was hit yesterday. Here's what Brad Ausmus said about that today: pic.twitter.com/LNmjwiJ804
— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) September 14, 2017
The Tigers are undoubtedly frustrated with the way this season has gone down. At this point, Detroit is 60-86 and they have been eliminated from all chances of playing in the postseason (obviously). After losing 17-7 to the last-place American League Chicago White Sox on Thursday, there’s little positive to take away from the season.
Detroit resumes their four-game weekend series with Chicago on Friday (7:10 p.m. ET) with Anibal Sanchez back on the mound.