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Ump's needless ejection of Beltre bad luck for Red Sox

Aug 26, 2010, 12:42 AM EDT

On Tuesday night, Phillies slugger Ryan Howard was ejected from a 16-inning loss to the Astros when he argued a questionable check-swing strike call by third base umpire Scott Barry. The hook came quickly, without mercy, and forced the Phillies to move Raul Ibanez to first base and pitcher Roy Oswalt to the outfield.

The Phillies would eventually lose the contest, 4-2.

On Wednesday, an umpire again took center stage when Boston third baseman Adrian Beltre was ejected for – well really for nothing. Take it away, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe:

So it turns out Adrian Beltre was ejected because he told umpire Dan Bellino that he wasn’t talking to him.

After he struck out in the second inning, Beltre was talking to Felix Hernandez in the Seattle dugout, playfully telling him in Spanish that would hit a home run his next time up. As the two went back and forth, Bellino somehow thought Beltre was speaking to him.

When Beltre told him twice that he wasn’t, he was tossed out.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Beltre said. “I never said anything to him. Nothing.”

One thing Abraham fails to mention is that Beltre had complained loudly about the third strike called on him in the second inning – a pitch right down the middle at the knees, mind you – so the Red Sox third baseman isn’t completely innocent in all of this. Watch the video here.

That being said, ejecting a guy for saying “I wasn’t talking to you,” is out of line. Nobody goes to a game to watch an umpire, especially a minor league fill-in umpire, as Bellino is. Without their star third baseman, the Red Sox went on to lose to the Mariners 4-2, missing a chance to pull within 4 1/2 games of co-AL East leaders New York and Tampa Bay.

That doesn’t mean the Red Sox would have won the game if Beltre had played the entire game. But you hate to see a quick hook from a minor league umpire affecting a playoff race in any form.

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  1. Ari Collins - Aug 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    So Beltre shouldn’t speak Spanish because someone might assume he’s talking shit about them?

  2. Md23Rewls - Aug 26, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    97% of the time umpires are pretty much invisible.

  3. Utley's hair - Aug 26, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    I hear he was born in Kenya and cavorts with terrorists, too.

  4. Utley's hair - Aug 26, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Chuck said he sat Howard and Rauuuullll since Happ is a lefty. But I think they should put Barry and Gibson on parking lot duty.

  5. Jonny5 - Aug 26, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    I’ve never seen Howard sat down for a lefty. Raul is taken out depending how he’s hitting to give the bench guys some playing time, but I highly doubt Howard was sat down because Happ’s a lefty.

  6. Utley's hair - Aug 26, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    That’s what Cholly said. Now, whether it was the actual reasoning or not is a different story. Raul may have needed to sit because he was out of Geritol…who knows?

  7. G2 - Aug 26, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    I think Howard was sat down because Happ is a lefty AND because he struck out 9 times in 7 at-bats tuesday night AND because of the whole punishment thing

  8. Utley's hair - Aug 26, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Hey…Barry IS at first base with Howard. Maybe–IF he can manage to put a ball in play–Ryan will run outside the baseline and tackle the douche.

  9. Md23Rewls - Aug 26, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Things get out of hand sometimes, but on the other hand, players get away with a lot of jawing, too. I don’t blame the umps for snapping from time to time. You can’t let a player just stand there and talk at you. At a certain point THAT gets in the way of the game. And you’re not allowed to argue balls and strikes. That gets you tossed. It’s not like all of these ejections aren’t warranted.

  10. Glenn - Aug 26, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    The only calls that were looked at were very close calls, not ALL calls. It was a very flawed study. And even the study itself determined with slow-motion review, that 17% of the calls they looked at were indeterminate. Someone wrote a nice post about what a bad study it was (Neyer?).

  11. Jonny5 - Aug 26, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    It looks like a sweep is in the making. WTF???

  12. turf24 - Aug 26, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Socialist terrorists I heard…

  13. Utley's hair - Aug 26, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    And now we get to see the damn Friars. Hollywood vs. his hometown team. Ugh. I have a headache. I need a lager or 6.

  14. Utley's hair - Aug 26, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    And how the hell does Bourne score from second on an infield hit to 3rd?!?!?!?

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