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Clayton Kershaw ejected in the middle of a one-hitter

Sep 15, 2011, 12:24 AM EDT

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Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was ejected from Wednesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks for hitting Arizona outfielder Gerardo Parra with a pitch in the top of the sixth inning.

Some backstory to this one: The plunking came nearly 24 hours after Parra struck a pose and exchanged words with Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis following a seventh-inning home run Tuesday night. Parra was nearly struck in the head by a pitch just before he went yard, and he yucked it up all the way to home plate. Kershaw was shown by television cameras jawing at the D’Backs bench soon after, and a yelling match ensued for a minute or two. The umps obviously took notice.

Kershaw had allowed just one hit through five scoreless frames on Wednesday night against the first-place Snakes. He was at five strikeouts and had issued no walks. The 23-year-old ace was shutting down a first-place club in the middle of a Cy Young chase, and in front of his own fans in Los Angeles.

Which is why home plate umpire Tim Welke is now baseball’s enemy No. 1. If, you know, we’re basing that ranking on Twitter outrage. (Seriously, click here. Even the level-headed Joe Sheehan is fired up).

Welke didn’t issue a warning. Not before the game, and not after Kershaw struck Parra — instead opting for the immediate toss. Also, the pitch wasn’t all that inside. It barely grazed Parra’s elbow.

Kershaw put himself in a bad spot with Welke and crew for arguing cross-field on Tuesday night with half of the D’Backs roster, but Welke could have done a more thorough job of considering the circumstances.

It’s sadly almost unprecedented, but some discipline for the ump (this time) would seem to be in order.

  1. Joe - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that we were all outraged that [some pitcher, maybe a Red Sock?] WASN’T thrown out after throwing at someone’s head?

    Granted, tonight’s pitch was not at his head. But given that this was obviously intentional, is throwing Kershaw out really that outrageous?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:45 AM


    • dohpey28 - Sep 15, 2011 at 9:55 AM

      Yes it’s outrageous.

      I don’t know if he was throwing at him or not, but if he was he did it the right way. He threw it at waist level, not at his head like other idiots do.

  2. richeich - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    The umpire needs to be disciplined!

    • Detroit Michael - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:35 PM

      There is absolutely no way that the umpire should be disciplined.

      Rule 8.02(d) specifically empowers the umpire to judge whether a pitcher intentionally threw at a batter and lets the umpire elect between expelling the pitcher or a warning to the pitcher. The rule is intended to give broad discretion to the umpire. You and I may disagree with how the umpire used the discretion but there is no way he should be disciplined given that there is no evidence that he didn’t do his job right. He used discretion, just as the rule requires.

  3. andrebeingandre16 - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    parra also made no attempt to move. in the 8th kemp was brushed back and he easily avoided getting hit. just all around bad call.

    • dailyrev - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:57 AM

      this is correct, and the writer of the post is also correct. the ump needs to be dragged over the carpet on this. The ball wasn’t anything remotely resembling a beanball, and even the D-Backs dugout seemed nonplussed by the arrogant over-reaction by this ump.

      Only thing Divorce Court is playing for now is an MVP for their CF and a Cy for their ace. This ump made himself the center of the game until there was no meaningful game left. Disgraceful.

  4. dailyrev - Sep 15, 2011 at 1:18 AM

    a strange justice sometimes prevails in this game: Dodgers scored what turned out the be the winning run on a play at the plate where Parra overthrew the catcher by about 30 ft. So Kershaw has his 19th win. the only bad thing that could come out of this now is if Torre tries to suspend him, but that would be inane even by MLB standards, so there is cause for hope. The ump of course will be let off with hardly a stroke on the wrist.

  5. cup0pizza - Sep 15, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    1. That was crap. 2. Kershaw for Cy Young!

  6. thehypercritic - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    “Even the level-headed Joe Sheehan is fired up.”

    I love Sheehan’s writing as much as the next guy, but when isn’t he fired up? Few people earn the nickname “the volcano” for their easy-going disposition.

    • jya87 - Sep 15, 2011 at 5:07 AM

      It’s always funny when a poster misses the sarcasm, yet employs it in his own post. Irony. Heh.

  7. summeroftony - Sep 15, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    ROFL! Halladay for CY YOUNG!!!

  8. sasquash20 - Sep 15, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Screwy umps! I’m glad he got the win. Him, Doc, and Cliff all in battle for the CY Young award. And as a phillies fan I hate to say this, but Kershaw should get it.

    • summeroftony - Sep 15, 2011 at 8:40 AM

      Yeah he should

    • Big Ed Robles - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      I find it tough to see much of an argument against Kershaw for Cy Young anymore. He leads the majors in ERA, is 2 strikeouts behind Verlander for first in Ks, and is tied for the NL lead in Ws. Every pitcher who has won the Triple Crown has won the Cy Young as well. Doesn’t seem like much of an argument anymore.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 15, 2011 at 1:09 PM

        He’s basically in a dead tie with Halladay in ERA, W/L record (not that pitcher wins mean jack, but whatever) and IP. Halladay’s done better in all of the advanced metrics (FIP, xFIP, SIERA, tERA), and he’s done so facing tougher competition in smaller ballparks. Not hard to make an argument for Doc at all.

  9. dasher521 - Sep 15, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    When are umps going to start getting suspended for their actions, provocation and baiting. MLB needs to give them a strong message that they are not why the seats get filled. I’ve umpired at many levels including NCAA. I always felt my goal was to know the rules, get it right and be invisible. If you saw Serena go into her rant against the chair referee, the referee never engaged. It is a regularl occurance in tennis. If an umpire takes a step toward a manager or player who is walking away, it ought to be an automatic suspension. If they can’t be invisible, they shouldn’t be major league umpires.

  10. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 15, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    It has been established in the last couple of years that CY Young pitchers on bad teams should have 5 extra wins added to their total when calculating stats for voting. In that case, how do you not vote KKershaw (the extra ‘K’ is for, well, you know…)?

    Seriously though, how chippy is that ump? Is he a Joyce protege? Terrible call given the implications and what actually happened. The way KKershaw was throwing, a plunking would have been a plunking, not a graze on the elbow!

  11. fordman84 - Sep 15, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Next time this ump is calling a Dodgers game, the catcher and pitcher should get crossed up and miss a sign. If that sign happens to be a high fastball, about the head level of the umpire while the catcher is looking for a breaking ball in the dirt and causing the catcher to completely miss the ball and have it sail straight at the umps head…well, that would be a tragedy.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

      So you’re advocating deliberate assault? I believe that’s a felony in California.

  12. rmalmstrom - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Wasn’t it Bill Welke?

  13. juicejuicer - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Later in the inning, Welke took a foul ball to the forearm…the crowd went wild! He tried to suck it up but it had to hurt. He didn’t even take the mask off.

  14. adcoop22 - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Seriously, you don’t think that it was on purpose? They tried to show the pitch on the ball tracker and there wasn’t even room for it, similarly to the pitch that did just about get him in the face last night. Dbacks may have missed out on last night, but Dojer fans now know who Gerrardo Parra is and maybe the rest of the league better start looking for him too (11 hits and 5 RBIs in this series).

    • adcoop22 - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:28 AM

      Oh yeah, and that was pretty classy to cheer when somebody obviously got hurt. Way to go LA, once again proving to be the gem of Major League Baseball.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:03 PM

      You’re right. We know who Gerrardo Parra is. We also know what he is: a whiny bitch who takes an unintentionally high pitch delivered by a man who has had control issues this year as a personal attack and the only reason for showboating on a homer.

      • adcoop22 - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

        If he can’t control it, why is he trying to throw it? You dojer fans deserve McCourt

      • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 15, 2011 at 6:43 PM

        If you don’t want to follow the players and just get caught up in the TV show, then more power to you.

        Parra is a brat, and the ump is a woos.

  15. canucks18 - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Absolutely Kershaw should get thrown out there!!! Young lil boy can’t go spoutin off his mouth and then go up and in in the 1stAb and then hit him later in the game! Immature lil punk doesn’t know when the right time to get Parra back. Anyone who thinks he shouldn’t get tossed is a fool

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:07 PM

      Hmmmm…. Pitch in on the body versus high and tight. Sounds like the only a moron can’t tell the difference between demanding the plate and head hunting. Not to mention that in this crazy world of umpire control it’s usually the first head hunter who gets to stay in the game.

      As for being an “immature lil punk” who is “spoutin his mouth” you ought to know of what you speak.

  16. canucks18 - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Oh and “fordman” that comment is pathetic. You are completely clueless

  17. canucks18 - Sep 15, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    You desecrate Koufax with using his name to post such filth… Your mother is ashamed of you and your granny thinks ur puke

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 15, 2011 at 6:45 PM

      Like Vancouver wants you around.

      Cry on, Little Fella, and flame out.

  18. canucks18 - Sep 15, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Hahaha if ur a Dodgers fan then ur flame was extinguished around the 10th of April??? Hahaha u must be lookin forward to football! Lol

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:26 AM

      I wonder if your Granny knows just how overmatched you are in anything you try to accomplish.

      It’s okay, Canuckles. Drag along. Nothing to see here.

  19. kingkillerstudios - Sep 16, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    I don’t have anything of substance to say except that you guys are doing a great job pulling graphics this week. This pic of Donnie is still cracking me up ten minutes later.

  20. canucks18 - Sep 16, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Ur a Dodgers fan. Nuff said

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