The Braves are angry at last night's homeplate umpire Angel Hernandez or rather at the strike zone he was calling. From the USA Today:
The Braves were most incensed by Remlinger's pitch to Womack to start the eighth that was called a ball when it looked like strike three...Womack said Hernandez told him "he was calling them up and down, not in and out." Arizona starter Rick Helling said he'd been told the same thing by Hernandez.
Why is Hernandez allowed to call his strike zone? Isn't there one strike zone? And why does Hernandez get to modify from day to day the strike zone that he will be using? Couldn't that determine the outcome of the game given Maddux is more of a corner nibbler, especially if the ump tells one side but not the other? I thought that the whole idea of calling the strike zone according to the rule book was to eliminate this kind of nonsense. Why isn't MLB even talking to Hernandez?