Belt was called out on strikes to end the game Wednesday. He disagreed with the call, and questioned the integrity and motives of Eddings during a postgame interview.
"Itâ€™s tough because you hope an umpire doesnâ€™t affect the game like that," Belt told reporters, including San Francisco news station KPIX 5.
"But he did, and youâ€™re not sure if it was on purpose either. Iâ€™ve heard the guy multiple times say that, or insinuate, that heâ€™s trying to get through the game fast, and then he makes calls like that, that I canâ€™t imagine he really thought was a strike. You gotta wonder."
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Had the 3-2 pitch been called a ball, Evan Longoria would have stepped to the plate with two runners on and a chance to tie the game.
"Iâ€™m not here to talk bad about the umpires," Belt said. "I think 99.9 percent of the umpires are great. I actually enjoy talking to them.
"But thereâ€™s just some times when you have a feeling that one or two of them are trying to get the game over with, whether itâ€™s through what they say or what they do. And that just canâ€™t happen. You canâ€™t have those guys affecting careers and affecting games like that. We had a really good hitter coming up after that, who could have tied the game for us and we never got that chance because he called a ball that was so far off the plate that I don't think I could have touched it if I swung at it."
MLB's pitch tracker suggests Belt's frustrations were warranted.
MLB hasn't responded to Belt's comments, although the All-Star could still be disciplined.
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