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Teaching Brett Lawrie to rein himself in

May 24, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

Bill Mille, Brett Lawrie

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet has an interesting column on the education of Brett Lawrie.  Specifically, his demeanor towards the umps in light of his helmet toss last week and this week’s incident in which he ran across the field to confront an ump following a disputed call on the base paths.

After the latter call, manager John Farrell pulled Lawrie aside and seemed to get into it with him a bit:

“He was telling me his thoughts at the time, that he went to get an explanation,” said Farrell. “And he goes ‘Am I not allowed to do that?’ I said, ‘You’re allowed to ask an umpire anything that’s on your mind. But when you sprint at him, the body language speaks volumes.’

That’s the real issue. Umps, like anyone, hate to be shown up and no one likes to be berated. If a call goes against you, and you throw crap or sprint across the field to get up in their face, you’re gonna have a bad time of it. Lawrie will have to figure that out one way or the other.

  1. mgv38 - May 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    While Lawrie might consider himself privileged baseball royalty, I think “reign” is not the word you want, CC. “Rein” is more likely.

    • Old Gator - May 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Not only that, he folder his paper incorrectly and screwed up the heading. It’s name, date and then the topic, flush left.

    • leerosenthall - May 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Aw, you’re breaking my heart. I was just coming here to compliment Craig on spelling “rein” correctly.

      Oh, well, let’s hear it for crowdsourcing copy-editing?

  2. shaggytoodle - May 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    He looks like a little leaguer when he has his temper tantrums.

    • Old Gator - May 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      Well, like a cross between a little leaguer and a pillow book, anyway.

    • IdahoMariner - May 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      I was thinking more like he looks like a Tuesday-night co-Ed softball league guy – when it’s co-Ed, I’ve noticed the guys on the team seem more inspired to tap into their inner Neanderthal….

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 24, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Yes Brett, you weren’t supposed to look physically threatening to an umpire. Think man, think.

  4. randygnyc - May 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    And people give Bryce Harper a hard time? Just review how each of these guys have acted this year at the major league level.

  5. charlutes - May 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    I’m waiting for the Mathew to write 4 stories on how bad this is for baseball. Whatevs.

  6. paperlions - May 24, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Lawrie has also kind of sucked so far this year. Bad OBP, horrible walk rate, no power….defense seems to have been solid though.

  7. proudlycanadian - May 24, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    In other news, Farrell also told him that if he is going to hit an umpire with a line drive, try to get Bob Davidson or Angel Hernandez.

  8. stevem7 - May 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    With the amount of money that ML’ers make, I’d take out a full page ad the next day in the paper of whatever city that particular umpire is in and clearly show with photographic evidence exactly how screwed up these umpires are. Incompentent and unqualified umpiring has been allowed to go on for much too long in baseball. The last 20 years have been an absolute joke, starting with Joe West and including Mssrs Davidson, Hernandez, Bucknor, and Davis. For every good umpire, like a Jim Joyce there are 2 misfits like West and Bucknor.

    • The Baseball Idiot - May 25, 2012 at 3:24 AM

      That’s a great idea. Players should also take out full-page color ads showing every time they struck out, made an error, got drunk in a bar, and stiffed a waitress on a tip.

      Oh wait, I forgot. Umpires are human, and players are demi-gods. Never mind.

  9. foreverchipper10 - May 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    It’s because he pizzas when he is supposed to french fry. Somebody skipped the very first lesson.

  10. bigleagues - May 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    You know when you call someone a ‘hard-on’? Lawrie seems to be that guy.

  11. gloccamorra - May 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    I just find it refreshing that coverage of Lawrie’s um, exuberance, is no longer assumed to be ‘roid rage.

  12. vallewho - May 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    this whole “shown up” thing is plain stupid. What do you call a strike 3 call on a ball that’s 8″ off the plate? The entire world sees it. I guess the batter just needs to take it like a man and go ride the bench….If only MLB had an effective way of dealing with the lets call “poor performance” of umps.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - May 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      What do you call a strike 3 call on a ball that’s 8″ off the plate?


      I’m assuming this is in response to Miller’s ringing him up in the Rays game. Might want to check the tape again, as strike 3 was no where near 8″ off the plate. It was borderline high, and too close to be taking on a 3-2 count. Now, if you meant strike 2 was 8″ off the plate, you’d be closer, although still probably exaggerating. Regardless, it doesn’t give Lawrie carte blanche to act like a child, especially sprinting down the first base line like he did.

      • vallewho - May 25, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        not in regards to that play.

  13. lostsok - May 25, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Brett Lawire = Gordon Beckham II.

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