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Ike Davis ejected, likely to face a fine for bumpin’ the ump

Jun 27, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

Ike Davis, Manny Gonzalez

Ike Davis had a legit beef last night.

His swipe tag missed baserunner Steve Clevenger on a pickoff play last night, but Clevenger missed the bag and Davis got him on the second attempt. First base umpire Manny Gonzalez missed that, though, and called Clevenger safe. An argument ensued, and during the argument Davis’ glove did not miss Gonazlez, bumping up against him.

While this pic makes it look a bit shovey, the contact in action appeared incidental, but Adam Rubin spoke to an MLB exec who was watching the game who thinks Davis may see a modest fine out of it all.

Assuming this all goes the way MLB says it goes, Gonzalez, a fill-in ump from the minors, will have the bad call noted in his record.

  1. sdelmonte - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Given the coma the Mets have been in the last two nights, seeing Davis go at the ump is a good thing. At least someone is awake.

  2. danaking - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    “Gonzalez, a fill-in ump from the minors, will have the bad call noted in his record.:

    Does this only apply to fill-in umps? Seems if a system like this were in place for the regular umps, some of them would have to be gone by now.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      Joe West would have been burned at the stake years ago.

  3. The Dangerous Mabry - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    You just can’t touch the ump. Even when he’s in position 4 feet away from an obvious play and completely blows the call.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      His glove stayed on the ump during the argument too, for several seconds. Not good.

      • pharmerbrown - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        He thought he was applying the tag? Or demonstrating the tag?

        “I was tagging him, just like this, and he was off the base! Doesn’t that mean he is out?”

    • mjaugelli - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      It’s kind of funny, because if you watch the video on mlb.com, at one point, you see Clevenger telling his base coach something like “Yea, I was out” as the Mets argue just behind him

  4. cerowb - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    As noted, the guy was in perfect position, he just missed the call…which I’m actually more okay with than being out of position and missing the call. Blown calls happen, live game action is incredibly fast, and unfortunately, due to MLB, the umpires are placed in a position where they need to be perfect because the viewers at home are better equipped to make a correct call by seeing multiple angles and speeds of replay.

    I hate to be an umpire apologist (okay, I actually don’t…) but I don’t think this is an “obvious play” in real time. Hell, most umpires would call the runner out based solely on the fact that the ball beat him to the bag, a tactic which is much worse/lazier but never receives the same criticism when a call is missed.

    I tend to place more blame here on Major League Baseball holding their umpires to an impossible standard. Sure, it was a blown call, but I’m not convinced it was as egregious as some think.

  5. js20011041 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Ike Davis seems to whine a lot. Good call, bad call, it doesn’t matter. Anything borderline that doesn’t go his way and he goes apeshit. It’s very off-putting.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      I saw the play – as a Cub fan, I can say Clevenger was out by a mile. Ike had every reason to be livid. But he had no reason to touch the ump.

    • mrhojorisin - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      I’m a Mets fan and I agree with you. Complains a lot about called strikes and balls… at least more than he should at this point in his career. Who does he think he is, Derek Jeter?

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