He was NOT in the front of the box, he was toward the back at least a foot and a half to two feet behind the zone.
Look where he started, and where he finished. His whole body moved from a foot behind the plate for the middle, and his hands bat were two feet behind the plate, and wound up a foot past.
The white line is his chin. I love Eric, but you cant move your whole body and bat through the zone and not expect to get called for swinging.
He did take his bat off his shoulder, what are you saying. He brought his bat and body all the way through the zone. He swung. Why would you say "If I didn't take my bat off the shoulder"????
It is a judgement call, and if you bring your arms, bat and body 2-3 feet forward and through the zone, you are gonna get called for a swing. My goodness, how much clearer can it be?
He brought hos whole upper body at least 3 feet through the zone. He swung, and at the very least it was not a reason to throw a fit.
I don't care what the announcers said, they didn't take the time to break down the film. Trust me that ump is not feeling bad about that call. If that was the other way around, and that was Kimbrel/Beltran, you would be screaming bloody murder that he swung and brought the bat/his hands/and his body through the zone.
I have no idea how that cant be a swing.
His wrists didn't break on the "swing." Clearly looked like a check swing to me.
I think what made it worse was that the home ump was so quick and didn't check to the 3rd base ump.
If you want to get technical, the front of the plate has nothing do with it either.
But when judging whether or not a player swings the wrist breaking is a big factor, and he didn't do that.