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Mark Reynolds blasts umpires following ejection

Aug 18, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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Mark Reynolds and Orioles manager Buck Showalter were both ejected from last night’s game against the Tigers following a controversial play at first base in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Jhonny Peralta was initially ruled out after hitting a grounder to third base. However, Tigers manager Jim Leyland came out to argue and the call was eventually overturned by home plate umpire Tim Timmons, who ruled that Manny Machado’s wide throw pulled Reynolds off the first base bag. The Tigers didn’t end up scoring in the inning, but eventually pulled out a 5-3 win.

Here’s the video of the play in question:

It’s a lot closer than watching in real time and it appears first base umpire Jeff Kellogg may have had the call right. Timmons was apparently coming up the first base line on the play, but it’s hard to believe he had a better view.

Reynolds didn’t pull many punches after the game, expressing his frustration for the reversed call and for being ejected for throwing his glove into the dirt, which he felt should have only resulted in a fine for an equipment violation. Here’s a sampling of his comments, via Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com:

“Definitely. I’ve never in my life seen someone reverse a call. The guy in Colorado, the guy was off the bag by three feet. And my foot was on the bag and they reversed it. And it’s a shame they don’t have accountability. They don’t have any, if they make a bad call it’s like, ‘Ho-hum, next day is coming.’ If we have a bad couple of games we get benched or we get sent down. They have nobody breathing down their throats. They have nobody, they are just secure in their jobs. And they are probably over there right now laughing about it because they don’t worry about it.  This game is way too important right now, where we are in the season, for these kind of calls to happen. And it’s very frustrating.”

“That’s terrible. Vic [Carapazza] has no authority to throw me out right there. all I did was an equipment violation, it’s a fine. You are supposed to point at it and the league offices decide what to do there. He just threw me out right there. I didn’t do anything wrong. If I go up to him and say something to him, that I shouldn’t say. That’s fine, throw me out there for that. But you can’t throw me out for throwing my glove. What’s the difference between a guy throwing his helmet after a bad call? It’s just part of it and everybody goes on their way. He had no right to throw me out there. There’s just so many words I can’t say on this camera right now.”

“It’s almost like screw the Orioles by the umpires. I mean Jonsie was obviously safe at first base the other day, cost us a run against Boston. There’s got to be some kind of replay for this. It’s to the point where all these calls that get missed, cost people runs, cost people outs. Cost [starter Tommy Hunter] extra pitches.  I can’t say how I really feel but it’s pretty obvious.”

Hoo-boy. Reynolds certainly has a strong case here, but he will likely be getting a call from MLB and a fine for speaking his mind.

  1. sportfan23 - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Can’t disagree with a single thing said here. No accountability for umps. None. Good on ya Mark. Now go make sure you strike out 200 times this year.

    • Ben - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      I’m sure the umps will be happy to help him make his goal.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Maybe managers shouldn’t be allowed to run out and argue every call. They rarely get overturned anyways. If Leyland doesn’t come out hootin’ and hollerin’ then he gets it right. Maybe managers hould only be allowed to argue when they think a rule has been misinterpreted.

    • dan1111 - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:07 AM

      It is not the manager’s fault that a bad call was made. If the umpires took his ranting into account when making a decision, that is their failure.

  3. Kevin Gillman - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Good for Mark on saying it. Umpires, and refs are the most sensitive group of people in sports. You can’t ever disagree with them, or you get thrown out. You can’t ever tell the media how you feel about certain calls, or you get fined. We know about players and managers, coaches getting fined when they speak their mind, why don’t umpires or refs get fined when they blow a call? It should go both ways here.

    • highump - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:24 AM

      The genius continues… Sensitivity is actually a required trait for prospective officials of all sports. Those who are too callous in nature must go through a rigorous sensitivity training course. True story.

      • Kevin Gillman - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        But do they? Again, we never hear of these things though. We hear about the fines of the players and games they are suspended, shouldn’t officials be used in that same regard?

  4. randygnyc - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Seems to me that there are some people with an appetite for replay. In fact, it’s the people who matter most in the debate.

  5. cuffhimbanano - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Mark Reynolds is my new favorite mlb player.

  6. DJ MC - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    There are three issues with that play:

    1) The call was correct, and it was reversed. This is the basic problem, and the center of why MLB needs to implement a real replay system for most or all calls.

    2) Kellogg decided to confer with the home plate umpire to discuss the call. Umpires should be able to confer if they believe another umpire had a better view. However, they should choose the umpire that actually had a better view, in this case the second-base umpire.

    3) The ejection of Reynolds. Simply put, this was against the rules, and shouldn’t have happened. Considering the Orioles’ position in the standings and Reynold’s recent hot streak, that likely had an impact on this game and thus possibly the playoff race itself. That umpire should be disciplined for his actions.

    Of course, Reynolds is going to have a nice chat with Mr. Torre and Mr. Selig, and donate some of his salary to MLB’s favorite charity (itself), and we’ll never hear what happens to the umpire.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      4) Manny Machado was charged with an error on the throw. It was a pretty amazing effort that most third baseman wouldn’t have even gotten close to.

      • DJ MC - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        It wasn’t a great throw, though. Technically, since the call ended up safe and a good throw clearly would have got the out, it was an error. I don’t have a problem with that outside of what I said above.

    • highump - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      Well I have read all of these blowhard comments and you, sir, have provided the sentence that most sums up the ignorance of most fans concerning umpiring, and officiating.

      “…However, they should choose the umpire that actually had a better view, in this case the second-base umpire.” This comment is so far from reality that I don’t even know where to start picking it apart.

      The reason no one ever hears what happens to the umpires is that you “can’t handle the truth.”

      • DJ MC - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        Care to explain why?

  7. jrocknstuff - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    I love the idea of sending umps that aren’t carrying their weight down to the minors, and calling up a minor league ump that is scoring high on his game reviews. What if each umpire had a different contract like the players do, and the really good umps were payed much better than Joe West of Tim Timmons? Reynolds is on to something here.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Once we get a proper replay system, it will be obvious to all which umps’ calls are repeatedly overturned, and there will be pressure to yank them for additional training or demotion. They might not all like that. Oh well. It will improve the integrity of the game, which is damaged every time a clearly bad call prevents a fair result.

  8. stevem7 - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Mark Reynolds is completely right. There is ZERO accountability of umpires and there won’t be as long as the likes of Bud SILLYPANT Selig and Joe Torre are running the offices there in Manhattan. Umpires should have to face the press every night just as managers do, managers need to be able to submit reports on umpires that get them fined and suspended. Baseball needs to change this archaic arrangement where these idiots in blue are held blameless for all the garbage that they do wrong.

  9. whodeytn - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Spot on, folks. Spot on.

  10. paperlions - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    With respect to the ejection, there are two possibilities:

    1) Reynolds knows the rule book better than the umpires, because he is correct that his action is a fine (or nothing at the discretion of the umpire) but is not an offense that is cause for ejection

    or

    2) The umpires know the rules just as well as Reynolds and actively choose to ignore them. Not sure which is worse, either is inexcusable.

    • kalinedrive - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      or 3) he said something that hasn’t been reported?

      • paperlions - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        Really? You think Reynolds not only went on an umpire rant but then lied during it?

    • highump - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      There are no rules protecting players from throwing equipment on the field, or other childlike tantrums. How Reynolds has any credibility with his misguided rant is beyond me.

  11. tfbuckfutter - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    It’s a good thing Reynolds didn’t have a bat in his hand or those umps stood a 20% chance of being hit.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      Come on thumbs downers, this one is pretty funny.

  12. dcdebacle - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    that’s a clown call, bro.

  13. usm418 - Aug 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    The play happened right in front of me and at that time I thought the reversal was correct. After seeing the replay I now think the original call was correct.

  14. Andy Snakovsky - Aug 18, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    This is getting ridiculous it seems like the umpires are giving us multiple reasons every week to expand replay. And even though the Tigers didnt score that inning losing Mark Reynolds the rest of the game couldve cost the birds. I know Reynolds has been very disappointing all season but look at his numbers recently he’s been the hottest Oriole at the plate. As tight as the AL wild card is right now one game can make a huge difference, its totally unacceptable what happened last night.

  15. djpostl - Aug 18, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    He had me until he bitched like a candyass about “screw the Orioles night every night”. I live in Virginia and watch just about every game they play. They get no worse treatment than every other team in the league when it comes to craptastic umpiring.

  16. djpostl - Aug 18, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Last night was just a crap night from all umps involved. A ball called fair that was foul, a guy called out at the plate that was safe (on the SAME play) and then the reversal that shouldn’t have been…

  17. bluesoxbaseball - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Tag this for the next time Bud says no one is asking for more replay.

  18. bobo0383 - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    The funny thing is that if there was replay there would not have been enough indisputable visual evidence to overturn the call. So how does a discussion between the umpires lead to an overturn of the call. It’s ludicrous how that play was reverses

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