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Peeved umps file complaint against Angels coaches

Sep 17, 2009, 6:35 PM EDT

It’s not just the Angels that have issue with the umps after last night’s game with the Red Sox. The umps have decided to fight back and file a complaint with MLB.
According to the Boston Herald, Rick Reed, the home plate umpire from last night’s game, said that he and the rest of the umpiring crew were “verbally abused” by members of the Angels coaching staff at the conclusion of the game.
“Their deportment left a lot to be desired,” Reed said.
Umpires at Fenway Park leave the playing field through the visiting dugout tunnel, which gave the Angels one more chance to voice their opinions about the ball-four call that allowed the Red Sox to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth last night.
The Herald goes on to report:

When the umpiring crew approached the dugout last night, Angels coaches could be seen jawing at them before manager Mike Scioscia could be seen waving them off.
“Mike made an attempt to calm his coaches down but I also thought he made comments that incited the situation,” said Reed.
Of the coaches’ behavior, Reed said it was “unprofessional and unbecoming of a professional team. I would think a coach or two will be regretting his actions.”

Also in the article, Reed admitted that the ball four to Nick Green, which should have been a called third strike to end the game, “very well could have been a strike.” However, he added to his explanation that catcher Mike Napoli moved his glove up after he caught it, a sales attempt that Reed interpreted as the ball was below the strike zone.
Editorial time: if Reed is really making judgments based on how the catcher catches the ball, he has no business being a umpire in major league baseball. That’s just disgusting. The pitch is a strike based on where it crosses plate, not based on what the catcher does with it afterwards. If Reed isn’t skilled enough to judge that, then he’s hopeless and he needs to resign immediately.

  1. Ben2009 - Sep 17, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    So let me get this straight: ump misses call costing team the game. Ump admits he missed the call. But ump complains that his victims, the Angels, took issue with the fact that he screwed up and cost them the game? Rick Reed has a lot of gall.

  2. Birdie17 - Sep 17, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    Let’s not let the first base umpire off the hook either. The fact that he ruled “no swing” on the check swing a few pitches before ball four should also be questioned.

  3. Ben Fisher - Sep 17, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    The umpire should be fired. His explanation proves his inability to do the job he is paid to do. First he screws up, doesn’t call the pitch as he saw it, rather what he thought the catcher did. Then he bitches that the team he screwed had the nerve to tell him that he did just that. He belongs on the street, not in the ballpark.

  4. Mike - Sep 17, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    Shut up and do your job the way the rules of baseball dictate. You’re the most dispensible element of the game.

  5. jgc711 - Sep 18, 2009 at 3:51 AM

    those umpires deserved to be verbally abused after a not so inspiring performance…they cheated the angels of a victory…two blown calls and they handed the game to boston…

  6. jgc711 - Sep 18, 2009 at 3:53 AM

    Of the coaches’ behavior, Reed said it was “unprofessional and unbecoming of a professional team. I would think a coach or two will be regretting his actions.”
    what he did was also very unprofessional…he is supposed to call it right but he did not…

  7. willmose - Sep 18, 2009 at 8:13 AM

    Holy Cow! Stop the presses! An umpire called a strike a ball! I’ll bet that is the first time that has ever happened in the history of baseball! To the Angels, group the heck up. Bad calls are part of the game. As a Cardinal fan, I watched them lose a World Championship because an umpire missed a call at first base. The crew chief fell asleep in the 9th inning.
    Bad umpiring is just the way it is. The Angels are toast in the playoff because of their complaining. It is the way it goes.

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