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How to deal with a batter who calls for time too late

Apr 29, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

Last week I put up a Gif of Yu Darvish that somehow became the most viewed thing in the history of this blog. Thanks Japanese people!  So might as well put up another fun Gif from the NPB.

This one of a pitcher who was too far into his windup to honor the batter’s request for time, but not so far into it that he couldn’t change his target to show his displeasure at the late call for time:


Saw this from Aaron Stilley on Twitter. Anyone with the names of the players or any news of the fallout of this, by all mean, let us know in the comments.

  1. ramrene - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Friggin’ L-O-V-E it!!! Now that’s baseball!

    Oh, and thanks for the Darvish GIF. I showed it to my son many times, he’s a young pitcher and that was one incredible pitching lesson about how much of an advantage the pitcher can have if he can release each pitch from the same location.

    Thanks again.

  2. albertmn - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    That is on the ump. The batter can only ask for time, only the ump can actually call time. If the pitcher has started his windup, the ump should not call time. But, I like the out of the box thinking from that pitcher.

    • sabatimus - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      Exactly. The only reason the pitcher threw at the batter was because throwing at the ump (if his catcher doesn’t catch it) would likely result in much more discipline than throwing at a player. The pitcher was about 2 full seconds into his delivery for crying out loud.

    • djpostl - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      Easy fix. Call for a pitch-out when game is out-of-hand some time and that ump is behind dish, then “oops, I must have gotten crossed up with my catcher” and lay fastbal right into his junk as the catcher hops out of way.

      Might not be an immediate response but it’d be priceless.

      • scoocha - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        Exactly, I’ve been asking for this for years.

  3. indaburg - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I know it’s wrong and I am being a complete hypocrite, but I laughed. I laughed hard.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:18 PM


      /doesn’t throw anything

      • indaburg - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        Are you booing because it wasn’t an HBPiD?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        I think it just bothered me that the batter was clearly trying to stop play…IDK, it just seems different to me somehow than when they are expecting a ball to come at them.

      • indaburg - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        I have to confess. My first reaction was to laugh. Immediately I heard “Bad, bad girl” from the little angel on my shoulder. “That was effin’ funny,” said the little horned guy. The third voice told me it is time to get back on my meds because I’m hearing all these voices.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        Ugh, maybe I’m evolving on the issue of HBP’s.

        And, I’m gonna leave the fact that you have conversations with imaginary horned guys alone. 😉

    • flamethrower101 - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      I laughed so hard I nearly peed myself! Now that’s how you own a hitter!

    • 18thstreet - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      It’s baseball! You’re allowed to call timeout whenever the hell you want for any reason. Waiting for the game is part of what makes it so great!

      More mound conference! More time between at bat! Yay, purists!!


  4. El Bravo - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Batters are gonna call time and run out the box now.

    • El Bravo - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Also, I’d pay a pitcher to do that to Manny and see what happens.

  5. Tim OShenko - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    So, since the batter called time, it doesn’t count as a HBP, does it?

    • El Bravo - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Well the UMP called time, so yeah, the play is dead so it can’t be a HBP. It can be an automatic ejection though!

  6. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Now THAT is freaking funny. Thanks for the afternoon LOLs!

  7. David Kaleida - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Don’t know the batter, but the pitcher is Bryan Bullington, former #1 over pick in 2002.

    • mazblast - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      I’m surprised that BB hit his target.

    • jwbiii - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      The batter was Ryota Arai.–001ryo

  8. tfbuckfutter - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    If that ball hit the guy in the dick….HBT would have broken the internet.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      That guy keeps the internet in his pants?!

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        Isn’t that what the netting in swimsuits is called?

        The “internet”?

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        I just realized I subconsciously cribbed that joke from the Simpsons.

        But it was a later episode so no one will call me on it.

        Except myself.

        DAMN OCD!

  9. largebill - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I’m not 100% certain it was intentional. You’re in your wind up and suddenly you see the ump give time. You can’t stop without potentially getting hurt, but you don’t quite finish and lose control. I assume that’s his story and he’s sticking to it.

  10. tfbuckfutter - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Also….any way to mash this GIF up with the Yu Darvish one?

    5 balls thrown at that guy in different locations would be awesome.

    • El Bravo - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      stop trying to break the internet.

  11. dawgpoundmember - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Can anyone convert 141k/hr to mph for me please?

    • El Bravo - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM


  12. mazblast - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    As I remember it, when you call for time out you’re supposed to step out of the batter’s box. When I was a kid, so many years ago, we were told to not step IN until we were ready, and once we were in, that was it, the pitcher did his thing and we batters did ours (in my case, with extreme ineffectiveness). I remember a lot of professional batters who would put their back foot in, but not put the front foot in until they were ready.

    Of course, I also remember when umpires didn’t put up with so much of this perpetual preparation and time-out nonsense, with unending adjustments of helmets, batting gloves, bats, belts, chews, and jockstraps, when it was common to hear umps say, “Get in the f’in box and HIT”–and if the batter didn’t, he wasn’t going to see more than three pitches in his AB.

    This batter got what he deserved.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      are you saying the umpire cursed?

      • mazblast - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        Yes, and the batters, knowing their fate was in the ump’s hands, took it, too. They often cursed right back. And no one got their precious feelings hurt, it was just a f’in part of the f’in game.

        It’s a very different game and a very different world now. Everyone wants to be the center of attention and everyone expects everyone else to kiss their butts 24/7.

  13. olafisberserker - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    How many of you people that are you saying you love this are the same people who decried Carlos Quentin for charging the mound against Zach Greinke?

  14. obpedmypants - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    I thought that was standard practice. Also throwing straight at a batter during suicide squeezes.

  15. hittfamily - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    I believe the batter is Arai. I found a Japanese forum discussing it, along with additional pics and vids.

    The title is “Original thread Arai good “Oissu” Barrington “fuck” . No really, that is what it is called.

    There is actually a HBT type site in Japan discussing this. The translations are hysterical. Also. The link is REEEAAALLLLYYYYYY long!!! Sorry. I am definately getting thumbs downed for this!!

    “What I found in Japanese, translates to “Throw the ball towards the batter Hiroshima and Barrington, the time during”. I also found translated : “I throw the ball to the fielder Barrington, the time during”

    The discussion is actually extremely funny to look at, but not so much understand.

    I assume the batter is Hiroshima, and the Pitcher is barrington.

    • hittfamily - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      I mean the team is Hiroshima, and the other team is Barrington.

    • hittfamily - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Also, it doesn’t work very well if you hit the link. Copying and pasting the link into your browser bar doesn’t work well either. You need to actually type the url into your browser for it to work right. 😉

  16. buggieowens - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Hit, you are so right…with text like this:
    “And do a what this brother”

    “Folder of spicy Mr. Mata is what I would moistened”

    “The mind will say, Man Man Aiming”

    “Do not look well and multiply time since the beginning of motion in this season”

    that’s gold Jerry, gold!

    • hittfamily - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      Ha HA. I thought it was awesome too. That is why my text is so jumbled, because I was copying and pasting and sometimes I pasted in the wrong location. Upon further review, I think “Barrington” is Bryan Bullington, and Arai plays for Hiroshima.

      For others that want to search, there are a lot of tons of Japanese sites talking about this. Right click on the .gif, hit copy url. Go to google. Press the images tab. On the far right of the search box, there is a camera. Press the camera, and you can search by image. paste the url, and hit search. Enjoy browsing.

    • nukeladouche - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      “Do not look well and multiply time since the beginning of motion in this season”

      I never understood those Eastern philosophies.

    • hittfamily - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      Another angle

      • hittfamily - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        The guy just gets back into the box, and takes some cuts. No warning from the ump. The pitch is at the 45 second mark. What was interesting to me is that 4 pitches were thrown in 45 seconds. It takes Josh Beckett that long to throw 1 pitch sometimes.

  17. bigjimatch - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    I remember Pedro hitting Sheffield when Sheaf was with the Yankees and he called a late time out when Pedro was in the middle of his wind up on the previous pitch.

  18. cnitkowski - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    “A” pitcher? That’s Bryan Bullington.

  19. girardisbraces - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    All your base are belong to us. You have no chance to survive make your time.

    I love engrish.

  20. universobeisbol - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Okay, folks, the batter is from the Hanshin Tigers and they’re playing at Tigers’ Koshien Stadium (the only ballpark in Japan with no actual infield diamond) the pitcher is from the Hirshima Carp, and according to what I see here, the pitcher is DEFINITELY Bryan Bullington, and the batter is infielder Ryota Arai… had a good laugh too, and honestly, loved the Yu Darvish GIF… too bad my WordPress doesn’t support it so I could put it on a Yu-article I wrote…

    • universobeisbol - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Oops, I meant Hiroshima Carp!!!

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