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And in other news, Dan Iassogna is still an idiot

Apr 8, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

John Farrell, Dan Iassogna AP

Tigers reliever Phil Coke came into Sunday’s game against the Red Sox with two outs, a man on second and a pair of lefties due up in Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz.

Apparently, he prefered to face Ortiz.

Coke threw the first pitch behind Gonzalez’s head and then plunked him in the back with the next one. It was obvious retaliation for the Red Sox hitting Miguel Cabrera in Saturday’s Tigers rout. Yet home plate umpire Dan Iassogna had not a clue.

After the HBP, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine came out and appeared to argue that Coke should be tossed for intentionally throwing at Gonzalez. Iassogna ignored him, but after Valentine returned to the dugout, crew chief Dale Scott met with Iassogna and seemingly instructed him to issue warnings. He certainly had no plans to otherwise.

Of course, that only further aggravated Valentine. If the umpires thought they were purpose pitches, Coke should have been tossed immediately. If they didn’t think so, why issue warnings?

Perhaps someone else would have better taken control of the situation. Iassogna, though, is one of the game’s worst umpires, and if things escalate between the Red Sox and Tigers, it’ll be in part because he was so clueless.

  1. warpd - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    They hit Fielder, not Cabrera. Clueless.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      You are definitely the nerd who always corrected everyone in elementary school. What a tool

  2. mtheparrothead - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    How bout you at least get the story right? It was retaliation for plunking fielder.

  3. gr3710 - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    nice accurate story…sigh

  4. illegalblues - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    thanks for clarifying who got hit, guys. completely changes the point of the article. smh

    • warpd - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      Yeah, you’re right. Not like the game was on national TV or anything. smh

      • illegalblues - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        don’t think you got the point there, but that’s cool

    • warpd - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      I get your point, and it’s a fair one. My point is when you submit something to your boss do you make sure you check all the facts or do you just hit the send button?

      • illegalblues - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        think there’s a difference between a baseball blog and what i do for a living.

    • warpd - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      This blog is still part of Matthew’s job, approaching it in a perfunctory manner is not what I would expect, most especially when calling someone else out for doing the same.

      We’ll just agree to disagree.

      • illegalblues - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        i can respect that. i still just hate when people pop up the almost childish “THAT’S NOT RIGHT!” rhetoric. like that’s adding anything to the conversation.

      • phillyphreak - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:28 PM

        I would be willing to wager that substituting the wrong name in a blog post is not the same thing as approaching his job in a “perfunctory manner.” Not understanding the potential for retaliation during a baseball game, however, might be.

        MP does some good thoughtful work round these parts as I’m sure you’re well aware. The point of the article didn’t change.

      • warpd - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:46 PM


        My comments are in no way a critique of MP’s body of work, which I generally find superior. My post(s) are specific to this article only.

      • phillyphreak - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        I acknowledged as much. Still wrong name performing job in a “perfunctory manner.”

    • warpd - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      In fact, I agree with you. If he hadn’t used the terms “Idiot” and “careless” I wouldn’t have posted anything at all. While I may agree that Dan Iassogna is not the best umpire in the stable, the OP could have made his point with a less malicious and malevolent demeanor.

  5. phillyphreak - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    How bout you two (^) go start your own blog.

  6. mikeincmn - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    MLB needs to change how umpires are treated. Far too many useless, old, out of shape pricks like bob Davidson and Joe west continue to blow calls and act as I’d they are more important than the product on the field.

    If any of us were as bad or acted like some umps do, we would be fired. So should they.

  7. illegalblues - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM


  8. mtheparrothead - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Illegal, the point being before you call out someone for being an idiot you should make sure you’re not making yourself look like one. In this case pot meet kettle.

    • illegalblues - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      cool, thanks for the internet etiquette

  9. dondada10 - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    I don’t understand what Bobby V is upset about. There should’ve been a warning issued, seeing how the first beaning didn’t happen in the same game. There was ultimately a warning issued. There wasn’t enough to eject.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      Granted I didn’t see the game, but going off Matthew’s recap the timeline was:

      Two throws at Gonzalez’s head
      Bobby V asking wtf man
      Umpire does nothing
      Crew Chief gathers everyone up
      Warnings issued for both teams

      Bobby V is probably pissed that A, the warning wasn’t issued after the pitches but after the umpires huddled. And B, that both teams were warned.

  10. Matthew Pouliot - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Thanks for the lively debate, guys. It was a stupid error and I deserved to be called out for it.

    Ironically, the reason I didn’t see it Saturday is because it was a “national” game. We got the Cards-Brewers here.

    • stex52 - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      Fair enough, but the point you made was good enough. The real problem was the umpire.

  11. djpostl - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Dan Iassogna is an idiot. but he has nothing on Joe West, C.B. Buckner and Angel Hernandez when it comes to general douchebaggery

  12. tilllman40 - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Wow Matt made an error , lol u girls are so moody , that time of month? Chill relax watch sum baseball in ur moms basement maybe she will make u a Sam which :)

  13. mtheparrothead - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Grammar in the united states is the new wooly mammoth

    • phillyphreak - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      United States

  14. mtheparrothead - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    ^missed the joke.

    • phillyphreak - Apr 8, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      Snap, though I wouldn’t consider capitalization grammar.

  15. foreverchipper10 - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Dan Lasagna?

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