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Chipper Jones, on DL, ejected from Braves' bench

Sep 4, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

Braves veteran Chipper Jones tore the ACL in his left knee in early August and was ruled out for the rest of the season.  But that doesn’t mean he’s taking a back seat as the Braves march toward their first playoff berth since 2005.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chipper was ejected from Saturday’s game against the Marlins for yelling at home plate umpire Doug Eddings from the dugout.  The veteran third baseman was upset about a few early calls and didn’t make it past the first inning.

O’Brien notes that Eddings ejected pitcher Mike Hampton in a similar situation back in 2005, when the Braves were playing in Florida.  Hampton, at the time, was on the disabled list as well so it’s not without precedent.  Hampton is now pitching for the Diamondbacks.

  1. nps6724 - Sep 5, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    So Doug Eddings is still a douche? This is not news.
    In that game he tossed Hampton, that game was also in Florida and he also tossed Johnny Estrada and Bobby Cox. I still remember when Estrada was tossed.

    “The usually mild-mannered Estrada erupted, earning his first Major League ejection, during the bottom of the first inning at Dolphins Stadium on Thursday night. Provoking him was Eddings, who didn’t appreciate the fact that the Braves’ catcher had moved toward the dugout after what he thought was strike three and an inning-ending strikeout.
    Estrada said that as he awaited the next pitch, Eddings continued cursing in his ear, letting him know that the ball was a foot off the plate. Replays showed that it was certainly a borderline pitch, one that could have been called either way.
    Estrada said that he had no problem with the call and wouldn’t have said any more if Eddings hadn’t continued cursing him. When he hit his boiling point, he sprung from his crouch and began his own swearing, letting the fifth-year umpire know that he didn’t appreciate the disrespect.
    “They shouldn’t be able to talk to us like that without us being able to say something,” said Estrada, who was ejected along with Cox and Mike Hampton.”

  2. walk - Sep 5, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    He used the same words last night on jjs pitch in the first saying it was a foot outside. The pitch was a two seam fastball that ran back over the plate as fox tracks showed and was shown on mlb gameday. Eddings problem is the same one that was shown on espn. In the position where he lines up he loses line of sight on the opposite corner, outside corner of a hitter. Any pitch that moves away from the plate he is going to call it a strike and if it starts off plate and moves back he is going to call it a ball because from where he lines up the catcher blocks his view when ball hits last fifteen feet or so. He is calling the corner based on what he believes the pitch will do from his view of about 70% of the distance the pitch travels. He is not alone in doing this.

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