No Umps When Orioles And Pirates Play Unneeded Bottom Of 9th

  • BRADENTON, Fla. — There was no umpire behind the plate calling balls and strikes, or even one of those so-called robo umps that could become part of the game in the future, when the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates kept playing Tuesday.
  • The Orioles wanted to get some work on the mound for right-hander Ofreidy Gómez. Teams occasionally agree to shorten or lengthen spring training games depending on needs.
  • Orioles Manager Brandon Hyde said the umpiring crew was not on board with the plan and left the field.