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Without question, the most thankless job in sports is held by officials. Referees, umpires, line judgesùall are as greatly despised as they are under-appreciated. And in many cases, the vitriol aimed at them is entirely unjust. No one ever congratulates an ump for calling a good game or a ref for throwing a flag. Instead, fans rain vicious auditory attacks down upon the weary officials, whether or not they've earned them. In this year's baseball playoffs, however, the bleacher creature jeers and jests are well-deserved. Beginning with a botched hit-by-pitch call in the one-game playoff between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers, Major League umpires have been blowing calls left, right, in, out, and just about everywhere else. Keep in mind, these umps are hand-picked to serve in the po ...

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