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Despite instant replay, ejections are actually up this year

Jun 26, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

Bob Melvin, Jerry Layne, Scott Kazmir Bob Melvin, Jerry Layne, Scott Kazmir

Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com has a good article up about ejections in Major League Baseball this year. And how, despite the fact we have replay now, which many people thought would reduce ejections, ejections are actually up.

Castrovince explains the reasons for this, and they all make sense. The upshot: plunking wars and arguing balls and strikes — two areas which are not subject to replay — always were where the most ejections came from in the first place. Also worth noting — and something I did note when people said replay would cut down on manager arguing times — is that actual close calls that replay address don’t tend to lead to super-crazy arguments anyway, or ejections for that matter. It’s tone and temperament stuff, which is more likely to arise on balls-and-strikes that leads to the super colorful arguments.

Anyway, it’s a good story, if for no other reason than the A.J. Pierzynski anecdote which kicks it off:

 

Say what you want about that guy, but he is all kinds of fun when he wants to be.

  1. mlbfan8898 - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Wasn’t this title used over a month ago?

  2. mazblast - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    A.J. may have been channeling this legendary exchange, from way back when “Bullet Bob” Feller was the ace of the Indians–

    Ump: Strike!
    Batter: Was that really a strike? It sounded high.

  3. rbts2014 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Even though it was glossed over, I think replay is definitely more of a factor than it is being played – and not because of arguments over the decision.

    Unlike the NFL, replay disclosure is a joke in MLB. In the NFL, you get the “after further review….”. Nothing like that happens in baseball.

    I can believe managers will go to the ump and not argue the result, but ask “was it considered — other than the tag at home plate — whether the runner should actually be safe because the catcher was blocking the plate?” or “didn’t New York see the television angle of the butt-slap tag before the hand reached second base?”, or “what video evidence determined the runner was out at second base?”

    The umps on the field probably have a “I don’t know” and then I can see a manager saying monkeys would make better replay umps and either asking a question for clarification or the monkey remark will get them the heave-ho for “arguing”.

    • jwbiii - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      I’ll go with, “Because umpires aren’t miked to the stadium sound system.”

      Your turn: Explain the joke.

      • rbts2014 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        I don’t see a reason why the home team representative who brings the replay communication pack out to the umpires can’t also carry a wireless mic that when the replay comms with NYC are over, the wireless mic can be handed to an umpire who will turn it on, make a “after further review, …” announcement before turing the mic off and handing it back to the home team representative who carrys the replay comm gear off the field.

  4. clydeserra - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    so that is two terrible Quinn Wolcott stories this week.

    Interesting

  5. indaburg - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    I sincerely look forward to A.J.’s future as a color commentator. He’s funny.

    • rbts2014 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      A.J. can be seen on FOX’s postseason coverage!

      I’m sure he’d rather be participating in the postseason on the field rather than participating from a tv studio. ;)

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:47 PM

        I’ve seen him! He’s quite good.

        Now that he’s on the Red Sox, I really want him participating in the post-season from a TV studio rather than the field.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        Karma, man.

  6. mikhelb - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I am mostly sure that what AJ said and was heard on the microphones was “can you see this ball?” after he asked for a new ball and the umpire gave it to him… that after the redsox were reclaming pitches (that’s a new one, right?).

    • clemente2 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      Who knew pitchers were pearls? Or born again?

      As to the rest, I iz confused.

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