Event before Colorado Rockies game highlights umpire goodwill, tensions

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Umpire Chris Guccione reacts after being hit by a pitch in the thirteenth inning during the National League Wild Card Game between the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Umpire Chris Guccione reacts after being hit by a pitch in the thirteenth inning during the National League Wild Card Game between the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – APRIL 3: Nick Ahmed #13 of the Arizona Diamondbacks argues a called strike out with umpire Chris Guccione during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park April 3, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – APRIL 3: Nick Ahmed #13 of the Arizona Diamondbacks argues a called strike out with umpire Chris Guccione during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park April 3, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

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In 2017, even Commissioner Rob Manfred said that “[i]n all candor, [the ball-strike] technology has a larger margin of error than we see with human umpires.”

With the assistance of technology for replay, the numbers show that umpires are correct more often than not on the reviews. With plays that have been challenged this season, according to Close Call Sports, the call has been upheld or confirmed 51.5 percent of the time. That’s on plays that a team (or even the umpire, if it’s a crew chief review) thinks the call was wrong.

Cordova said that he is very grateful for all of the support that he has been given, by Guccione as well as numerous other people that have reached out to him.

Guccione, along with his crewmates for the week, acting crew chief Laz Diaz, Tony Randazzo (both of which were two more of the hires as a part of the ’99 mass resignation), and Colorado native Cory Blaser, who had the plate on Sunday, spent some time with Cordova and his family

Guccione even gave him an umpire uniform and a chest protector, the latter of which Cordova was really happy about as he said that his current one is worn out.

With the new chest protector, Cordova wants to help others appreciate our national past time.

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"“I think I’m going to continue umpiring for awhile and hopefully make it as a professional like he did,” said Cordova."

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