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Denard Span has a temper tantrum, throws bat

Apr 28, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

Denard Span angry.jpgThere were a lot of strikeouts in last night’s Twins-Tigers game, many of which were called third strikes. This is not necessarily surprising given that Fransico Liriano and Justin Verlander were pitching, but it’s also likely that the ump was being a bit generous with the zone too. It happens.

Not that Denard Span was all that understanding about it. After taking a called strike three in the eighth inning — which looked like a ball on TV but could have maybe caught a corner — Span, waved off home plate ump Paul Emmel, who promptly ejected him, more likely for what Span said than for the wave, because it was a really quick hook.  Once he did, Span tossed his bat towards the backstop. Here’s the video of the whole thing.  Span’s teammate Delmon Young thinks he’s an amateur.

Span apologized to Emmel, was reportedly mortified by his conduct and offered some seriously heartfelt “I’m sorry if kids were watching” words of contrition after the game, so my guess is that he won’t be disciplined for his little bat toss.

  1. Matt - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Span was right to complain. I watched that game and the umpire must have had a date later that evening because his strike zone went from normal to anything within 18 inches of the plate by the 8th inning when Span got rung.
    If you watch the 9th inning, Mauer gets called out on the exact same pitch at least a foot off the plate. Mauer, however, kept his disgust over the call to himself save for a “you’ve got to be kidding me” look on his face as he stood there wondering how he just got called out.

  2. enough already - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Mauer is a catcher. They better sense than to argue balls and strikes. James Loney was ejected for arguing balls and strikes yesterday under similar circumstances. I don’t see what the big deal is in either case.

  3. ThatGuy - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Or Mauer realized that his team was already down Span and Morneau, in a tight game and had an outfield consisting of Kubel, Cuddyer and Delmon Young and their combined UZR of -60 (just guessing, prob not to far off) with Harris at first and Casilla at third. They couldn’t afford to have Butera behind the plate…

  4. BCTF - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    The ball was quite a bit off the plate

  5. SabathiaWouldBeGoodAtTheEighthToo - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Adam Jones has a temper tantrum himself after striking out, spiking his bat and helmet into the ground while cussing. It happens.

  6. Ryan - Apr 28, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    So Emmel’s zone is 5 feet wide and when someone complains and calls him out for it, he uses the “think of the children” line to make him look like he’s in the right. Add him to the list of shitty umps if he wasn’t already. Angel Hernandez is going to need some more party hats.

  7. dl3mk3 - Apr 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    I love how everyone (including you craig) are making a big deal about the bat “throw”…it wasn’t towards anyone, and was a hard drop if anything. A penalty over the “tossed” bat would be silly.

  8. Sam - Apr 28, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Thank goodness the bat didn’t hit his mother!

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