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Pirates Third Baseman Hayes Calls for ABS System on Social Media



Ke'Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates

After the Pittsburgh Pirates’ most recent loss to the Braves on Sunday, Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes is up in arms about a particular call late in the game. 

In the top of the eighth inning, Hayes and the Pirates were down 5-2 to the Braves. 

With two outs in the inning, Hayes came to the plate facing A.J. Minter, who had struck out Ji-Hwan Bae and Bryan Reynolds earlier in the inning. 

In a 3-1 count, home plate umpire Bill Miller called a strike on a four-seam fastball severely outside the zone to make it 3-2. 

On the next pitch, the gold glove candidate struck out swinging on a cutter on the outer third at the top of the zone. After the game, Hayes took to X and made a lengthy post on his disagreement.

“Some umpires really don’t care,” said Hayes on X. “3-1 call not even close. I hold him accountable after the game, walking off the field, and his response was ‘[Shrug], I gave you a chance to hit a home run.” That tells me you don’t care at all. No accountability. Bring the ABS, please.” 

The third baseman proceeded to @ MLB in his post.  

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