Top 10 Blown Calls in Baseball History

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Doug Eddings, Uncaught Third Strike, 2005 ALCS Game 2

Game 2 of the 2005 ALCS was tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth when the White Sox sent A.J. Pierzynski to the plate to face the Angels' Kelvim Escobar with two outs. With a full count, Pierzynski swung, missed, and started heading for the dugout. After a split second, Pierzynski had the presence of mind to realize he hadn't heard himself called out and ran to first base. Pinch runner Pablo Ozuna stole second, then scored the game-winning run on a Joe Crede hit.

Angels catcher Josh Paul insisted after the game that he had caught the pitch, and the video evidence seems to back his claim. Home plate umpire Doug Eddings defended the call, and correct or not it gave the White Sox new life and the opportunity to win the game (and eventually the series). The controversy brought to light the lack of a consistent "no catch" signal on an uncaught third strike, something that was quickly remedied.





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