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Ejections are up despite the implementation of replay

May 28, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

Angel Hernandez, Bob Melvin AP

We weren’t expecting this:

Going into Tuesday’s games, ejections of players, managers and coaches in the majors had totaled 61, 22% more than the 50 ejections through May of last season, according to Retrosheet.org. And the No. 1 reason was as clear as that call umpires botched to cost your favorite team a win.

It’s arguing balls and strikes. Which you have to figure is being used to some degree as an outlet for managers who can’t really argue other calls anymore. And, of course, they’re not supposed to be arguing balls and strikes either, thus the ejections.

  1. paperlions - May 28, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    I think it works both ways. Umpires don’t get to throw guys out for arguing reviewable calls, and they have compensated with some really short fuses in other areas. I’ve seen multiple guys thrown out for “arguing balls and strikes” because they were muttering to themselves as they walked away about how horrible the call was. There isn’t actually a rule against saying the umpire is horrible, you just can’t argue with him about how bad he is…but umpires don’t have to justify ejecting guys, they can do it for any reason and the reasons are never questioned or reviewed (that we know of).

  2. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 28, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    If only there was a way of eliminating players and managers from ever feeling the need to question the strike zone.

    If speeding up the game is really that important I have an idea…

    • mazblast - May 28, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Tell the catcher he can go to the mound once per batter.

      Tell the batter he can step out once per plate appearance. No more of this step out, adjust left glove, adjust jockstrap, adjust helmet, adjust right glove, adjust jockstrap, adjust shirt, adjust helmet, adjust jockstrap, adjust belt, ad infinitum.

      Tell the teams to buy their players batting gloves and jockstraps that fit.

      Tell the pitcher to pick up the pace a little.

      Enforce the strike zone as written.

      Tell the batter to swing the darned bat.

      • 18thstreet - May 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        No mound visits, other than for injuries. None.

    • raysfan1 - May 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      One could speed up the game, a lot, simply by enforcing the rules on pitchers’ pitching and hitters’ being ready to hit in a timely fashion (rules 8:04 and 6:02 respectively).

  3. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - May 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Everybody find some stones and get ready to throw them at Bob Davidson, Joe West, Angel Fernandez, or C.B. Bucknor. I just know where this thread is going to wind up!

    • mazblast - May 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Relegation. The worst four full-time MLB umpires get sent to AAA each year. Use MLB’s own internal ratings, players’ vote, and managers’ vote.

  4. billybawl - May 28, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    I’m pretty sure that picture is of Bob Melvin getting tossed by Angel Hernandez in Cleveland in 2013, when Adam Rosales was given a double on what the video replay showed was a home run. Of course, in 2013 the field umps were responsible for the video review and would have had to overturn their own call. So Melvin had good cause for chewing out Hernandez.

    • mazblast - May 28, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Hernandez should have thrown out the pitcher for allowing a home run (or double) to Adam Rosales.

  5. holleywood9 - May 28, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    This is thrown off a bit by the terrible catch rule they had in place to start the year. Take those ejections out and then check the results

    • tigersfandan - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      I think there was only one ejection because of that rule.

  6. bh192012 - May 28, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Also there are 7 new (rookie?) umpires this year.

  7. barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - May 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Pitch FX calling balls and strikes would speed up the pace of the game and improve the product. I can’t believe they haven’t even tried it for spring training games yet. There is no reason not to use it.

  8. miguelcairo - May 28, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Is it possible that Bob Davidson’s, Angel Hernandez’s, and Joe West’s heads are just getting bigger?

  9. joestemme - May 28, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Kzone or Pitch Fx.

    Period. End of discussion. End of arguments on balls and strikes (save for foul tips and check swings).

    It’s 2014. Use the technology. No reason for a strike to be called on a pitch a foot off the plate.

    • moogro - May 29, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      I don’t understand why people thumbs down computers calling balls and strikes. When it finally happens and the game is fast, accurate and exciting, no one on earth will advocate going back.

  10. quintjs - May 28, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Umpires jealous of the ‘Golden Age of Managerial Handsomeness’ ?

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