Giants First-baseman Belt Hears From Torre For Umpire Comments


San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt got a call from Major League Baseball’s chief baseball officer Joe Torre this week to discuss critical comments Belt made with regard to plate umpire Doug Eddings on Wednesday, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Friday.

After being called out on strikes to end Wednesday night’s 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, Belt told reporters Eddings called the strike in an effort to end the game early.

“It’s tough, because you hope that an umpire doesn’t affect a game like that. But he did, and I’m not sure if it was on purpose either,” Belt said. “You’ve heard that guy multiple times insinuate he’s trying to get through the game fast. And then he makes calls like that that I can’t imagine that he really thought was a strike. You’ve got to wonder.”

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