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Red Sox manager Terry Francona ejected, likely to be suspended

May 6, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

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Terry Francona was tossed from Friday’s game and likely will be banned for a game or two after coming out to argue a balk call against the Twins.

The call by Angel Hernandez appeared to be correct. Tim Wakefield tried the fake-to-third-throw-to-first move and it worked, as Denard Span took off for second and was picked off. Wakefield, though, didn’t follow through with the original move to third before spinning and firing to first, drawing the run-scoring balk.

Francona came out and was immeidiately tossed, since it’s against the rules for managers to argue a balk.

But that was far from the end it.

Crew chief Joe West decided to interject himself in between Francona and Hernandez, who chose to ignore Francona entirely after tossing him. West and Francona bumped chests (and guts, in West’s case) several times before Francona finally left the field (minus his gum).

The end result will likely be a suspension for Francona, though West seemed to instigate most of the bumping himself. The cowboy is at least as worthy of being sat down for a few games as is Boston’s manager.

  1. catsmeat - May 6, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    If I’ve said it once, I’ll keep saying it until it happens: bring on the robots. Joe West is an embarrassment to baseball.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - May 6, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    No accountability for these so called “umpires.” Awful at their job and always making a spectacle. I watched this unfold live and watching Cowboy Joe constantly bump Francona made him look utterly ridiculous. But what doesn’t that man do that makes him look that way? These men have to go, an embarrassment to all of MLB. As I’ve professed before, assemble a vigilant posse and proceed with the Rogue Umpire Roundup.

    • patsandsox - May 7, 2011 at 6:34 PM

      Yes I am a Red Sox fan. Now that is out of the way, Tito rarely gets tossed out of games, he is not the confrontational type. I think the umpire (West) was totaly out of control, whether the balk was justified or not. His crew has more issues than any other umpire crew. When will MLB acknowledge this and do something about him and his cohorts?

  3. Paul White - May 6, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Yeah, this was an embarrassment. Tito’s going to sit a while, but West truly instigated the contact and was, by far, the aggressor. Why would MLB allow him to continue calling games when he’s clearly guilty of actions that would get any player or coach suspended? And yet I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

  4. cur68 - May 6, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Hexcuuuuuse me! What? West bumped Francona not Francona bumped West. Shouldn’t fat Joe have to take the suspension? The Fat Cowboy did much the same thing when he stuck his huge lard a$$ between Fairchild and Upton when BJ blew his stack over that ‘strike zone’ Fairchild was calling.

    Dear MLB: Stick Fat Cowboy Joe on his oversized high horse for a weeks worth of games for sticking his enormous arse into situations which he only inflames with his sweaty greasy self. That is all.

  5. bloodysock - May 6, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    With two of the worst umpires in all of MLB working the game this was bound to happen. West and Hernandez are disgraceful.

  6. crpls - May 6, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Also, the call was in no way correct. His foot, on replays, was pointed 90 degrees all the way to third. West’s whole crew is a joke.

    • Old Gator - May 7, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      One might think of Joe West’s crew as the umpire’s answer to Quantrill’s Raiders.

  7. nixonotis - May 7, 2011 at 3:27 AM

    Joe West sings a mean country song.

  8. cavredleg15 - May 7, 2011 at 4:51 AM

    Another instance with this crew. If you toss 3 managers within a week… is the problem the managers? I don’t want to know the names of umpires but when they keep doing this sh!t who can say they are not drawing attention to themselves?

    • cavredleg15 - May 7, 2011 at 5:00 AM

      I must clarify I only know the names of Hernandez & West.

      • patsandsox - May 7, 2011 at 6:39 PM

        I keep hearing those two umpires names over and over and its never a good thing. It seems to always be bad calls, confrontations, and suspensions and ejections.

        I mean we all know Bud Selig is in a coma, but someone in MLB has to see what is going on and do something about these two bad umpires

    • bh0673 - May 7, 2011 at 8:36 AM

      It has gotten to the point that when they are umpiring especially behind the plate I will not watch the game. Hernandez has too quick an ejection finger and West is a pompous ass. THEY BOTH CAN AND HAVE RUINED GAMES FOR THE FANS!!!!

  9. bh0673 - May 7, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    West and Hernandez are two pieces of CR*P and both a detriment to the game. They are both confrontational, both think they are bigger then the game itself and both need a major bitch slap. Shame on Selig for empowering these two morons at the exense of the fans.

  10. thinman61 - May 7, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    No way that call was correct, and the replay video confirms it. Cowboy Joe West and Angel Hernandez once again managed to make it all about them. Those two are a joke, and an embarrassment to the game.

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 7, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Your move now, Balkin’ Bob Davidson. You can’t let that fat cowboy show you up like that!!

  12. The Baseball Idiot - May 8, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Since it’s clearly stated in the write-up that managers can’t argue balk calls, or balls and strikes, or any other judgement calls, maybe they just need to shut the hell up, stay in the dugout, and follow the rules instead of running out every time they disagree with something.

    Francona’s ejection was justified. Maybe he should have turned around, walked off the field, and let it end. Or better yet, not come out of the dugout and violate the rulebook.

    You guys keep complaining about the umpires being prima donna’s. How about the managers and thier total disregard for the rulebook?

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