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Umpire Tom Hallion, tweeting Rays players to be fined

May 2, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

That weird deal from last weekend in which David Price said umpire Tom Hallion shouted expletives at him and Hallion accused Price of lying? And then the Rays players jumped on Twitter to defend their teammate and talk smack about Hallion? Well, it’s ending with fines all around:


Still no official announcement from MLB — we tend to get press releases about such matters — but if the ump is fined too, that’s fairly significant as far as these things go. And given that it has ended up as a he-said, he-said, I think no suspensions makes sense.

Now, let’s just see how small Hallion’s strike zone is the next time he calls a Rays game.

  1. realgone2 - May 2, 2013 at 10:33 AM


  2. El Bravo - May 2, 2013 at 10:37 AM


  3. dowhatifeellike - May 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    If Price et al. get rung up for $1000, what’s the equivalent for the umpire? $30?

  4. sabatimus - May 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Looks like Hallion wants to usurp the title of Most Argumentative Umpire from Bob Davidson.

  5. afanofbaseball - May 2, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    If they fined every player of coach that shouted expletives at an umpire there would be plenty of money in the fine jar. Read lips sometimes.

  6. flamethrower101 - May 2, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    According to Mark Topkin on Twitter, Price isn’t happy with the ruling. He feels his guys shouldn’t have been fined. Also wanted apology from ump and says he hasn’t gotten one.

    Hard to ma Emily sense of this

    • Kanonen80 - May 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      But you can definitely Pa Herbert sense of it all day long

  7. hittfamily - May 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    MLB likely found in the Rays players favor. But the guys still broke the rules, so they had to be fined. Sean Rodriguez, Alex Cobb, Matt Moore, David Price, and Jeremy Hellickson all called the ump a liar. What are they going to do, suspend 20% of the active roster? MLB wants nothing to do with making a big deal of it by suspending Price, a Cy Young winner, Moore, the AL leader in wins and ERA, and Hellickson, a ROY and Gold Glove winner.

    I think the lack of suspensions exonerates Price and the rest of the guys. Hey umps: If a guy is walking off the field, and doesn’t look at you while being angry, don’t yell anything to him from 80 feet away, follow him to the dugout, throw out the quietest guy in baseball besides that deaf guy who once played for the Braves, and then lie about it afterwards.

    • jwbiii - May 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Curtis Pride is in his fifth year as manager at Gallaudet.

  8. 13arod - May 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    if i was tampa i would sue mlb they didn’t investagate it

  9. Phil - May 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Boy, if we could just fine a few NBA refs we might really see some improvement.

  10. onbucky96 - May 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    How dare u call into question the integrity of umpires! Those bloated useless blind egotistcal blind idiotic blind P.O.S. work very hard daily. We should always take an umpire at his word…

  11. nofunleague - May 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    don’t be mad at Hallion, his seeing eye dog died and he was having a rough day.

  12. mazblast - May 3, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    MLB would be smart to not assign Hallion or his crew to any Rays games the rest of the year. If they don’t, the integrity of the umpiring crew would certainly be in question, plus Hallion could get a dose of “oops, I missed that fastball, sorry it hit you right in the face mask” from the catcher.

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