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Cole Garner ejected despite correctly arguing umpire’s ruling

May 4, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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Brewers Minor Leaguer Cole Garner, playing for Triple-A Nashville was ejected from last night’s game against the Round Rock Express for arguing with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn. Garner had hit himself on the foot after swinging and the ball rolled into fair territory. Reyburn didn’t know, so he ruled that the ball was live and Garner was out on the play.

Garner argued with Reyburn, who ejected the outfielder from the game. The rest is sad comedy. Via Tom Haudricourt:

Nashville manager Mike Guerrero asked Reyburn to get help from the other umpires and after a group discussion they ruled the ball foul. But, because Garner had been ejected, Hainley Statia batted for him with a 1-2 count and struck out two pitches later – a strikeout that went on Garner’s totals.

So, Garner was correct in his argument that the ball was foul but was ejected and also charged with a strikeout in absentia.

  1. flamethrower101 - May 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Idiot ump. Wonder how he’ll explain himself after this. Bet it’s a take on Bob Davidson’s explanation after that brutal foul call during that fateful Marlins game in 2010.

    • blacksables - May 5, 2013 at 4:30 AM

      Idiot commenter. Why don’t you read the rule book.

      It was clearly stated that the ball was correctly ruled foul.

      It clearly states in the rule book that arguing balls and strikes is an automatic ejection.

      The player had the opportunity to let his manager come out and speak to the umpire, as is allowed by the rules, or to calmly ask the umpire for help, but couldn’t be bothered and acted improperly and was ejected. He was ejected because of the call, he was ejected because of his actions.

      So either way, by arguing with either call, the player broke the rules and was properly ejected from the game.

      Something the writer of this post also knows, but chose to troll a headline and misrepresent the facts to get people to read it.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 5, 2013 at 4:50 AM

        Sounded like he was not arguing a ball/strike call but a fair/foul call.

      • blacksables - May 8, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        Foul balls are strikes. Arguing a fair/foul call is the same thing.

  2. tfbuckfutter - May 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Sounds like that ump is ready for the big leagues.

    • fearlessleader - May 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      He’s already been there—in fact, he’s the guy about whom Jonathan Papelbon said after a bad game last June, “He was terrible all night. He probably needs to go back to Triple-A.” I generally dislike it when Papelbon gets what he wants, but in this case I think we’re probably in agreement.

  3. quintjs - May 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    There is no doubt the umpire got the call wrong, but in fairness you should probably note the other piece of the Haudricourt piece:

    “He (Garner) vehemently argued the call”.

    So while he might have been making a correct point, he may not have necessarily been doing it politely. Given the umpire got together with others and reversed the call, I am more inclined to believe Garner wasn’t so much debating the call and laying into the umpire. We all know there are things you can’t say to the umpire and I would GUESS this guy broke many of them.

    • flamethrower101 - May 4, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      Did not read the entire piece before writing my previous comment, so I take it back. Why is there not a delete function on this thing??

    • quintjs - May 4, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      A more humorous way of looking at it is the umpire did he job perfectly. Given the minor leagues exist in part to teach players to be professional ballplayers, then he did the right thing. Knowing some MLB umpires would toss anyone who might possibly be thinking to themselves that the umpire made a borderline call…

  4. onbucky96 - May 4, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    The Human Element AGAIN rears its ugly head vs. The Milwaukee Brewers Organization. Drop dead Bud.

    • blacksables - May 5, 2013 at 4:32 AM

      Really? Seriously? A computer could have handles this situation?

      What world are you living in?

      • evanwins - May 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        No, but 10 seconds of efficiently used replay would have corrected the situation. Probably would have been over and correct in the time it took this situation to unfold.

      • blacksables - May 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        The umpires got the call right. Why do you need replay?

  5. manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    The player told you that you made the wrong call, so you eject him. Who cares how he said it? Do all umpires have thin skin? If he’d just let the player vent and then consulted with the other officials he would have looked a lot better and not affected the game.

    Baseball umpires are way too touchy and beginning to resemble the ass-hats refeering NBA games. Nobody paid to see you, pal, just do your job and stop acting like every time a player argues a call it’s some kind of personal attack. I would have a lot more respect for any official if they just stood there calmly while the player makes himself look like an idiot screaming and jumping around.

  6. blacksables - May 5, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Since you’re user name is manchestermiracle, I’m assuming you’re a Man U fan.

    If so, you really have no right to complain about any call any official makes.

    Man U is the only football club in the world that gets automatic, non-existent, phantom penalty calls in the last 5 minutes so that they can be given a chance to win a match they clearly lost. You’re okay with the officials making those calls, so don’t complain about any calls in other sports.

    • manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Bzzzzt, nope, sorry, wrong answer. But thanks for playing, and here’s a home version of our game you can lose at, too! Despite the wrong answer your level of assumption breaks our previous record.

      Actually, the handle refers to a long-ago game in which the L.A. Kings (hockey, if you didn’t know) staged a (mildly) miraculous comeback against the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers. The game took place at the Forum in Los Angeles which is located in Inglewood at the corner of Prairie and Manchester, thus giving the game the moniker Miracle on Manchester.

      Oh, the Kings came back from a 5-1 deficit to win 6-5. The Oilers were a machine in those years winning several Cups (as in Stanley) and the Kings were perennial has-beens, so many saw it as quite the miracle.

      For the record I’m a FC Bayern Munchen fan. Things are looking pretty good this year, not counting the maddening 1-all tie yesterday with Borussia Dortmund.

      • abaird2012 - May 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        Umm … okay.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 5, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Did anyone else read this in a snooty English accent?

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