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Zack Greinke will start today after yesterday’s early ejection

Jul 8, 2012, 11:49 AM EST

Zack Greinke, Sam Holbrook AP

Zack Greinke was ejected from yesterday’s game after throwing just four pitches when first base umpire Sam Holbrook tossed him for slamming the ball to the ground when he couldn’t beat Jose Altuve to the bag on a fielding play.

Holbrook apparently thought Greinke was showing him up, but it was pretty apparent to just about everyone else that Greinke was actually just showing anger at himself for not getting the out. Greinke could be seen saying “I’m mad at myself” over and over again following the ejection, and just for good measure the trigger-happy Holbrook compounded his mistake by also ejecting Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.

Milwaukee went on to lose the game, but at least Greinke will be able to make another start before the All-Star break. He’ll take the mound this afternoon against the Astros for the first-half finale, bumping scheduled starter Marco Estrada into the bullpen.

And guess who’s behind the plate calling balls and strikes today? Sam Holbrook.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    If he wins a footrace in this one he should launch the ball into the stands, just for fun.

    • redguy12588 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      If Holbrook allows a late timeout, I hope Grienke throws at him.

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        What are you, 12?

        People make mistakes, hopefully both Greinke and Holbrook admitted their mistakes to themselves and will learn from them.

      • redguy12588 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        Grienke’s mistake was that he didn’t cover 1st base. Holbrooks mistake was thinking 40K people showed up to watch him take over a game.

      • stex52 - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        If the league refuses to do anything about instant replay, they at least need to do something about prima donna umpires. That is absurd.

      • mjames1229 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        This is 2012 Houston. There weren’t 40K… more like 10K.

  2. randygnyc - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    4 pitches and he took the loss.

  3. Ben - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Zack Greinke is the second member of the Cliff Lee Just Doesn’t Know How to Win™ club

  4. mungman69 - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    I don’t go to games to watch umps ump. They should shut the ____ up.

  5. theskinsman - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    If Holbrook messes with him again, I hope he takes a fastball in his mask!

  6. chucklewis13 - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    There are over 100 umpires in the “Naked City” of Major League baseball. Holbrook just happens to be one of the many maniacal, egotistical, neolithic and self-absorbed twits. Athletes, coaches, officials, refs and umpires all feel that they have to put on a show on the playing field as oppose to doing their jobs and calling it a day.

  7. crookedstick - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Holbrook has always been a tool. He’s just over-shadowed by the even bigger tools he works with. In one of his first years in the Majors, he ejected McGwire in the first inning in 1998 late in the HR Chase for a rather benign objection to a called strike. After the ejection, 75% of the Cardinal home crowd left since there was nothing left to hang around for back then for STL. Yes Sam, we all showed up to watch you and not McGwire!

    • stercuilus65 - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      Cardinal fans are tools for supporting that roider anyway.

  8. brycebstone - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Having instant replay would force umpires to recognize their mistakes during the game, forcing a bit of humility and forethought into their actions. With those two attributes, silly incidents like this wouldn’t happen as often. Instant replay is a win-win-win.

  9. bchapman2011 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    It is so frustrating that these umpires cannot be fired no matter how incompetent and arrogant that they are. Everybody is begging for MLB to institute more instant replay to improve the accuracy of calls. How about you just negotiate a contract with your umpires that holds them accountable for all of their mistakes. That would improve the game more that instant replay ever could.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Well, no, instant replay, if implemented properly, is going to get more calls correct because there are just some times when the umpire can’t put himself in position to be sure, even if he does everything properly. That doesn’t mean you can’t improve umpire accountability as well as implement instant replay.

  10. raysfan1 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Players and mangers are interviewed by the media all the time. When they do something that results in a fine or suspension, MLB releases the info to the media as well. The umpires should have the same accountability. The transparency would both increase fans’ trust and the level of officiating.

  11. spudatx - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    MLB has to look into yesterday’s ejection. Think of all of the angry fans who left yesterday’s game who showed up in-part to see Greinke pitch and left angry thanks to a ridiculous call by an umpire. Baseball can’t afford this sort of foolishness to continue.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      spud, but given Bud Light’s recent utterances rejecting replays, he’d surely counter that the fact that people showed up for games Sunday shows they approve how umpires behave, therefore no improvements are needed. Ya gotta understand BudThink.

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