The jobs of MLB umpires are some of the most demanding in the world. Between the intense travel and the other-worldly hand-eye coordination necessary to succeed at the job, it's not easy to reach this elite level of umpiring.
Still, sometimes (some fans may think oftentimes), the umpires seem to get in the way. Whether it's an egregious strike zone or blown call, it happens. They're human. But, it's hard to ignore the mistakes when it directly benefits the opposing team.
On Monday night, Philadelphia Phillies reliever Archie Bradley was subject to one of these outrageous mistakes. Check out the video below during his crucial at-bat against Washington Nationals star Juan Soto in the bottom of the 8th inning.
After Bradley got about two-thirds of the way through his wind-up, Soto decided he needed to step out of the box. With a simple raising of his left hand, the umpires granted Soto the timeout. Bradley still delivered a nasty breaking ball for a strike, but it was for nothing.
At this point, we're talking about one of the worst timeout calls we've seen across the MLB in 2021. Luckily for Philadelphia, the Phils rallied with five runs in the top of the 9th to secure a win. But, there's video evidence of this outrageous call and you better believe that Phillies fans won't forget it the next time they see this ump.
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