• Why didn't Marte take the base ump gave him?

    By: Dejan Kovacevic


    ST. LOUIS - Clint Hurdle's seen a bunch of baseball over his lifetime, but he'd "never" seen a player voluntarily help an umpire overturn a call that would've helped his team ... until Starling Marte did so Tuesday night in the Pirates' 3-1 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

    A Jack Flaherty fastball struck the knob of his bat and caromed downward.

    Bruce Dreckman, the home plate umpire, promptly pointed to first base, meaning he'd judged Marte to have been hit by the pitch.

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