Coonelly comments on game-ending call

Jenifer Langosch/

Pirates president Frank Coonelly has issued the following statement regarding the ending to Tuesday’s game:

“The Pittsburgh Pirates organization is extremely disappointed by the way its 19-inning game against the Atlanta Braves ended earlier this morning. The game of baseball and this game in particular, filled with superlative performances by players on both clubs, deserved much better. We have filed a formal complaint with the Commissioner.

“While we cannot begin to understand how Umpire Jerry Meals did not see the tag made by Michael McKenry three feet in front of home plate, we do not question the integrity of Mr. Meals. Instead, we know that Mr. Meals’ intention was to get the call right. Jerry Meals has been umpiring Major League games for 14 years and has always done so with integrity and professionalism. He got this one wrong.

“For Pirates fans, we may have lost a game in the standings as a result of a missed call but this game, and the gutsy performances by so many of our players, will make us stronger, more unified and more determined as we continue the battle for the National League Central Division.”

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  2. Barrnes Newberry

    Amazing grace shown (publicly) by all the Pirates, I would have to say. Hey, I was livid watching from home! And Lugo ought to be ashamed of himself. Should have just kept his mouth shut. He knows…

    All I can say is: We got “Breamed” again by Atlanta!

    Thanks Jen, for your usual sterling reporting.

  3. Steve

    Well said… when all is said and done it’s still just a game, not life and death. Mistakes will always be made in this great game, by players, managers and umpires … we are all human, it’s part of life. There is no need to question anyone’s integrity, all participants in the game gave their best but no one is perfect. Even video replay isn’t perfect!

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