Umpire Gary Cederstrom Admits Blown Strike Call in Tigers Loss
Gary Cederstrom acknowledged he erred when he called a third strike on Johnny Damon that ended the Atlanta Braves' 4-3 win over the Tigers on Saturday night with the bases loaded.
"It was a sweeping pitch, going away from Damon," Cederstrom told a pool reporter from the Detroit Free Press after the game. "It looked good coming in, then broke late."
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said on Sunday that he called Cederstrom after the game and the umpire said, "'I kicked it. I knew it right away.'"
Replays showed the full-count pitch from Peter Moylan was outside. A walk would have tied the game.
"My timing was fast," Cederstrom said. "Whenever you have fast timing as an umpire, you usually get in trouble."
Said Leyland: "The pitch wasn't even close." Holding his hands about a foot apart, he said, "It was that much outside."
Cederstrom's gaffe follows the missed call by umpire Jim Joyce that cost Detroit's Armando Galarraga a perfect game on June 2. Joyce later apologized to Galarraga.
Cederstrom was stationed in front of the Tigers' dugout as the third-base umpire for Sunday's game against the Braves.
"You have to turn the page," Leyland said. "You can't do anything about it."
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