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Fredi Gonzalez ejected after Angel Hernandez refuses to give Braves HBP

Sep 23, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

Janish hbp

In the seventh inning of Monday’s Brewers-Braves game, Marco Estrada had a curveball get away from him, hitting Paul Janish squarely in the knee. It was as about as run-of-the-mill as HBPs get, at least until Angel Hernandez called Janish back to box, ruling the pitch a ball.

The video isn’t embeddable yet, but here’s the link. Gonzalez was tossed for arguing afterwards.

Personally, I wish this got called a bit more often. It’s ridiculous when hitters lean into a pitch to take it off the arm or, worse, an elbow pad. Janish clearly moved his knee into the path of the ball here as a means of getting on first base. That it didn’t work is a credit to Hernandez.

Yes, I really just wrote that. I’m going to shower now.

  1. goskinsvt - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Braves are such babies.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      You mean NL East champion babies, don’t you?

      • tfbuckfutter - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        Yeah. Congratulations. Your team outlasted the stalwart efforts of the Phillies, Mets and Marlins.

        Good luck in the playoffs. I’m sure it will be the usual one and done.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:29 AM

        A couple things:

        1) “Outlasted” seems like a poor word choice, given this admittedly weak division has essentially been decided since midseason.

        2) I notice you left out the “World Series or bust” Nationals, everybody and their mother’s pick to not only win the East, but the pennant as well.

        I understand you probably have your axe to grind or whatever, so it behooves you to downplay what looks to be a 95-win season in the manner I describe above. I’m sure the same goes for the apparent Nats fan (if his/her screen name is any indicator) to whom my initial comment was addressed.

      • clearwall - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        I will just point out that the Braves have very solid records against ALL divisions in baseball this year. It’s not that we just beat up on a weak division to get where we are. The giant gap between us and the Gnats is definitely a product of WSH being an inferior team, but here are the numbers:

        Vs. NLE : 61%
        Vs. NLC: 58%
        Vs. NLW: 58%
        Vs. AL: 55%

        Compare that to the Cardinals:

        Vs. NLE : 68%
        Vs. NLC: 59%
        Vs. NLW: 55%
        Vs. AL: 50%

        And the Dodgers:
        Vs. NLE : 71%
        Vs. NLC: 64%
        Vs. NLW: 50%
        Vs. AL: 60%

        The Braves are an even-keel team and dont have outlying numbers against anyone. The Cardinals and Dodgers are the division winners who feast on the inferior opponents, and they STILL trail ATL in the standings.

      • spudchukar - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        For once I agree with you EB, I kinda like the sound of NL East Champion Babies. True, descriptive, with a lasting ring to it.

  2. flamethrower101 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Wait, what? Angel Hernandez? Getting a call right? C-Can this be? Oh my god, I am so confused! Cannot…comprehend…such logic.

    • bobulated - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Blind squirrel and all that…

  3. misterj167 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Nobody tell Reggie Jackson!

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    The all-time classic: May 31, 1968 at Dodger Stadium. Don Drysdale going for a record-tying 5th straight shutout, leading 3-0 in the 9th, bases loaded, none out. He grazes Dick Dietz with a 2-2 pitch. Streak over? No, Harry Wendelstedt says Dietz made no effort to evade the pitch. A half-hour of arguing later, Big D then worked out of the jam to finish shutout No. 5 and went on to pitch a 6th straight shutout, a record we are unlikely to ever see broken, since 6 career shutouts are now considered Cooperstown material.

    • notsofast10 - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      Yes that was 58 shutout innings, an incredible feat, only out done by Orel Hershiser’s 59 shutout innings in 1988.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        Drysdale set two MLB records in 1968, 58 consecutive innings, since broken of course by Hershiser, and 6 straight complete game shutouts, which no one has matched and probably never will. Hershiser nearly matched it, pitching 10 shutout innings in what would have been his 6th straight CG shutout, but the Dodgers failed to score for him and long after Orel left the game LA lost 2-1 in 16 innings. I don’t believe anyone has since come close to either man’s record.

  5. cur68 - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Uh…yeah. Janish all but presented butt cheek to that ball. I can’t believe I’m going to write this…Angel Hernandez was righ…was righighgighgigh…Ahem!

    Angel Hernandez.


    Righ…rrrr…righ…Bugger this.

    He, the umpire there, made a not terrible call.

    • skids003 - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      He still sucks and he’s a jerk.

    • jarathen - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Careful there, there’s blood trickling out of your nose. Admitting Angel Hernandez has been right has been known to have that effect.

    • stex52 - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      That’s close enough, Cur. Angel will redeem our faith in him soon enough.

  6. sabatimus - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Janish is a really bad liar. You can tell that not even he believes what he’s saying.

  7. atlsportingreports - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Reblogged this on atlsportingreports.

  8. steve7921 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    The last comment by the announcers is a classic…”He went to the CB Bucknor School of Umpiring”!

  9. nbjays - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Angel Hernandez making the correct call in this case is bizarre and a bit troubling. What’s next… Bob Davidson being the calm voice of reason? Jim Joyce calling strikes silently? The mind boggles.

  10. racksie - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Don Baylor disagrees.

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