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Watch: Albert Pujols gets assist from umpire Laz Diaz with broken chain

Albert Pujols got an assist from umpire Laz Diaz on Tuesday night. Pujols was batting in the top of the third inning of his St. Louis Cardinals’ 10-3 loss to Toronto. Pujols had runners on first and second with two outs. Facing a 0-2 pitch, Pujols noticed that the chain he wears around his neck had broken. The Cardinals designated hitter gave his chain to Diaz to hold while he took his at-bat.
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Umpire Laz Diaz goes after ex-Red Sox player over Instagram

MLB umpire Laz Diaz seemingly got a bit personal with former Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks in a recent social media post. Middlebrooks, who now does TV work for the Red Sox, discussed a perceived lack of umpire accountability on his “Wake and Rake Podcast.” Middlebrooks suggested offering incentives to improve the standard of umpiring. Middlebrooks pointed out that MLB players who struggle get sent to the minors, but umpires are not forced to answer for bad performances and have no incentive to improve.
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MLB umpiring crew goes from Joe West to Laz Diaz

Most MLB fans can agree that the less of Joe West on the diamond, the better. While he did provide some amusement as being one of the umpires in the first Naked Gun movie, the fact that he seemed to have learned his craft from Frank Dreben was problematic. At...
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Laz Diaz blew a third strike call to start the Astros’ rout of the Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros were tied 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning in Game 4 of the ALCS. The Astros started the inning in promising fashion when Carlos Correa hit a double off Boston pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to leadoff the frame. Eovaldi then struck out Houston’s Kyle Tucker, issued an intentional walk to Yuli Gurriel, and struck out Aledmys Díaz on a swinging strike.

CC Sabathia fed up with MLB umps: 'They are terrible. Laz Diaz is f—ing awful'

CC Sabathia was never shy about sharing his feelings about the umpires during his playing career and that continues to ring true in retirement. The former Yankees pitcher was in the middle of taping his R2C2 podcast with Ryan Ruocco when he interjected his co-host while watching Game 4 of the ALCS between the Red Sox and Astros to gripe about the umpires.

Umpire Laz Diaz had rough night behind the plate in ALCS Game 4

How did the Red Sox land with their Game 4 debacle Tuesday night? There were plenty of reasons. Start with the team's vaunted offense, which managed just two runs on three hits heading into the ninth inning, not having scored a run since Xander Bogaerts' two-run homer in the first.

Red Sox Pitchers Share Thoughts On Umpire Laz Díaz After ALCS Game 4 Loss

It was not a good night for Laz Díaz behind home plate in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros. Díaz missed several calls during Houston’s 9-2 win at Fenway Park that had players and Red Sox manager Alex Cora rightfully baffled and angry.

What Alex Cora Said About His Two Animated Interactions With Laz Díaz

The Boston Red Sox’s issues Tuesday night ran far deeper than home plate umpire Laz Díaz and his at times perplexing strike zone. But when telling the story of the Red Sox’s 9-2 loss to the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, Díaz is not an insignificant part of it.

Laz Diaz Screwed the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALCS

The Houston Astros scored seven runs in the top of the 9th Tuesday night to pull off a 9-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALCS. The win evened the series at two games apiece and represented a big comeback for Houston, who trailed for most of the night. It was also an example of how one call can completely swing a game, as home place umpire Laz Diaz absolutely screwed Boston.