* APRIL 16 vs TAMPA BAY - With the score tied 1-1, Youkilis leads off the bottom of the 6th with a walk against Grant Balfour. Ortiz pulls a hard grounder down the RF line, which is fielded in the corner by Ben Zobrist. Youk attempts to score all the way from first base, but the relay from Carlos Pena to Dioner Navarro beats Youkilis by about 10 feet. Instead of having runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, they're left with Ortiz on 2nd and one out. A Beltre grounder gets him to 3B, but a Hermida whiff strands him. The Sox lose 3-1 in 12 innings. It's not a stretch to conclude that a run that inning gives the Sox a 9-inning win. Video here. Game thread carnage here. Next-day venting here.
* APRIL 26 at TORONTO - With the bases loaded and one out in the 1st, Drew grounds a single into medium RF that scores Scutaro from 3B. It's charged by Travis Snider, who fields it quickly and cleanly and then almost immediately uncorks a strong throw that reaches the plate in the air. John Buck catches the ball in front of the LHH batter's box before Youkilis even encroaches on the home plate circle. Youk appears to touch the plate before Buck's sweeping left-handed mitt tags him. Ed Hickox calls him out. Instead of having the bases loaded and one out, the Sox end up with men on 1st and 2nd with 2 out. A whiff by Tek ends the inning. The Sox go on to win 13-12. Most game thread posters are angrier with the blown call by the home plate ump than with Bogar's decision to send Youk. Video here. In the photo below, Buck has just caught the ball.
* MAY 2 at BALTIMORE - Tek's on 2nd and Scutaro's on 1st with 2 out in the 8th with the score tied 2-2. Pedroia singles to short LF, where Nolan Reimold charges the ball from left to right, fields it cleanly, and guns a throw to Craig Tatum. Tek, about 5 huge strides away from the plate when the ball arrives, realizes he's a dead duck and slows to a jog as Tatum applies the tag. There's no need whatsoever for a slide. The Sox go on to lose 3-2 in 10 innings. Game thread outrage and profanity-laced tirades begin here. Jerry Remy brushes off the decision by stating, "You gotta send him there with 2 outs and just hope for a bad throw." Francona also dismisses any notions of a mistake by Bogar in a postgame interview on NESN. No video of the play has been posted at MLB.com, and I can't find any photos showing the cavernous gap between Tek and Tatum. But NESN has a postgame snippet from Tek about the decision, in which he clearly and laughably attempts to take one for the team by blaming himself for not being fast enough to score. Video here.
EDIT #1 - Found a pic of Tatum applying the tag. I'm pretty sure he completed the NY Times crossword puzzle while Tek took the four strides before reaching him.
EDIT #2 - Found the video on the Orioles' site. What's even worse is that Tatum is 6 feet up the line when he makes the catch (yes, that white blur is the ball), and Tek's STILL 20 feet away from him.
So in 25 games, Bogar has made two indisputably horrible decisions to send a runner home, each of which directly cost the Red Sox a win, and another decision that, while not nearly as conclusive and one that didn't contribute to a loss, is clearly grounds for critical discussion.
I didn't think it was possible for a third-base coach to make a worse wave-em-in call than Bogar did against the Rays, but today he raised the bar to a whole new level of ineptitude.
Edited by mabrowndog, 03 May 2010 - 07:02 AM.