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Petulant umpire Tony Randazzo ejects Lloyd McClendon with a wave of his hand

Aug 18, 2014, 8:53 AM EDT

Lloyd McClendon was ejected by umpire Tony Randazzo on Saturday for arguing balls and strikes. He was ejected by Randazzo for the second game in a row yesterday following McClendon beefing about a check swing call.  In Randazzo’s words, McCleandon “took his hand and shooed away my call.”

That’s some weak sauce from Randazzo. How dare someone “shoo away” a call! But watch how Randazzo ejected McClendon:

Yup. With a shoo-away of his own.

Maybe McClendon deserved to be ejected. I don’t know. But if I’m MLB I am not at all happy with my umpires getting into little pissing matches with managers like this. You’re the authority. Act like it.  Not like this:


  1. unclemosesgreen - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    It was hilarious.

  2. baberuthslegs - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Why is stuff like this tolerated by MLB?

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      Because it’s hard to discipline someone properly when you’re still laughing.

  3. eshine76 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    If its the wave at the 12 sec mark, that is just terrible. My 4-yr-old shows more maturity than that.

  4. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Once again, MLB will fail to disciplinary their umpires who have once again turned a game into a show of their own giant egos. MLB has taken the ostrich approach to this and many other similar issues. Just look the other way and hope it goes away.

  5. blacksables - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    So the big flamboyant, wind up from downtown, and turn three circles, and point to the heavens ejection is better?

    If the managers don’t want to get treated like babies, then they shouldn’t act like babies.

    McClendon was baiting the umpire from the get-go because of the ejection the night before.

    McClendon was wrong. He got himself ejected, and knew what he was doing when he did it. He was pouting from the night before. He was also in violation of the rule book.

    How come you never call out the players and managers for that?

    • ralphe32 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      McClendon didn’t do anything wrong. As the announcers correctly pointed out, stuff like that happens every day, in every game. The one pouting from the night before was Randazzo – now he looks like a jerk-off two days in a row.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      I think McLendon was wrong and probably deserved to get ejected. But I also think Randazzo was wrong to do it the way he did it, MLB probably doesn’t want their umps to act that way. He’ll probably get called down to the principal’s office, but that’s about all it merits.

      I just thought it was funny. As to Randazzo – he seems to be a good ump basically. He’s not known for running guys.

    • blacksables - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      And to clarify, I did watch the Tigers game while the Royals game was delayed.

      That would actually be a better point to argue. According to the Royals broadcast team, the game was delayed 34 before the start of the game by the umpires, due to the possibility of heavy rain. Millone then gave up 7 runs in the 2nd inning, during a downpour. Which might or might not have happened if the game started on time.

      Rules state that until the umpires calls play, it is up to the home team to decide if the game starts or not.

      If the umpires held up, Gardenhire has grounds to protest. That’s that game to complain about the umpires. Not for upholding the rule book against someone who knew he was wrong when he started.

      I think the umpire took McClendon as seriously as McClendon was taking the game and his job seriously.

      • Bryz - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        The delay occurred before the game started, so blame the Twins for the delayed start, not the umpires. There was a threat of rain but apparently the first storm dissipated before hitting Target Field, which is why the game was delayed but no actual rain fell. However, a second storm hit during the 2nd, which was when Milone gave up those 7 runs.

      • blacksables - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        According to the broadcasters (and I don’t know if it was right or wrong) the umpires were the ones that held up the game.

        which they are not supposed to do. Gardenhire was arguing way too much, in my opinion, to think the Twins did it.

      • tigersfandan - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        The broadcasters were probably just assuming that the umps made the decision because the broadcasters probably don’t know the rules.

      • blacksables - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        One was Rex Hudler, so that’s always a possibility.

    • jm91rs - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      There is absolutely no way you’ve played baseball if you’ve never found yourself upset enough with a call to make some sort of emotional reaction. To say “bad call” or shoo an umpires “bad” call is absolutely tolerable, humans get upset when they perceive something to be unfair. If McClendon were really interested in showing up the ump, he would have been out there yelling. To call him a baby for what was the most minor of reactions isn’t fair.

      By the way, can you ever make a post without saying “the rule book”?

      • blacksables - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        When the rest of you stop ignoring it, or make up the rules on a whim, then I’ll spot quoting it.

        There’s a reason it exists.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        Feel free to quote the section of the rule book that outlines the reasons for ejections. Nothing happened here that was egregious, that interrupted the flow of the game, that was chronic, or that was continued after a warning.

        The umpire did his job poorly in multiple fashions. First, he blew the call. Second, he over reacted to a mild reaction from the manager about the fact that he blew the call.

      • blacksables - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        Arguing balls and strikes is an automatic ejection. Says so right in the rule book.

        Has nothing to do with any of those things you listed.

        Managers coming out to argue about things they aren’t allowed to, or aren’t going to get changed, interrupts the flow of the game much more than ejections ever have or will.

    • ud1951 - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Clearly the umpire was looking to toss McClendon, why else bother even looking in his direction? If McClendon comes out and argues or if he is yelling from the bench, that’s one thing, but almost no one in the park can see McClendon in that location, so he is hardly showing the umpire up by flicking his hand. MLB really needs to work on some of its problem umpires.

  6. greej1938l - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Man Craig, seems like the article you write turn into you complaining half the time

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      At least this time Craig used his more grown-up words to describe something he didn’t like. He went with “petulant” and “weak sauce” instead of his ATH adolescent words like “a big friggin’ baby” and “whiny.”

      As to why he expects utter perfection and nothing less from umpires? One may only speculate. It’s a mystery.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Maybe not perfection, but would professionalism be too much to ask? Or some sense that there is accountability when they fail to meet the standards of professionalism? I think these are reasonable expectations.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        It’s a long season, and weird stuff happens. It’s not like he’s out there dancing around ejecting people every night.

        I just don’t think he deserves to be threatened with the loss of his job or anything. Like I said, it’s not that big of a deal. He may get a verbal reprimand.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        He may, but we have seen little evidence of this. Managers and players are disciplined publicly for their public and private foibles. The impression the fans get is that umpires can act like buffoons with little concern for punishment. No, he shouldn’t lose his job, but a fine or a suspension or SOME sort of censure would not seem out of place here. Any time articles are written about umpire behavior, the umpire messed up. The game should not be about them

      • miguelcairo - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM


      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        You again Cairo? You’re outta here!

        I just ejected you – lol.

  7. scoochpooch - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Please replace these umpscumbags with robots and cameras now.

    • renaado - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Only fans can be replaced……

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        Send a note to the Braves office. The Final Solution!

  8. philliesblow - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    / waits for Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson to play the race card……

    • tearlw - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      /waits for white guy to complain about race card…

      Maybe no one likes getting dismissively waved off like that? Ask Ozzie Guillen when Joe West waved him off like that. (It was when West called two balks on Mark Buehrle.)

  9. nolasoxfan2012 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    It should be easier to fire bad umps like this.

  10. thebadguyswon - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    MLB has catered to these a-holes for years. Rarely, if ever, does the league office come down on guys like Randazzo and Angel Hernandez, who are easily two of the worst umps in the sport.

    MLB has a few umpires that believe they are as important as the game and the players playing it.

  11. twinfan24 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    I think they should have five man umpire crews, and make the Crew Chief an ump that is not on the field that could overrule stupidity like this. Seems we see at least one or two of these situations a week. Maybe when an ump is getting overheated, he is removed and replaced by the Crew Chief. I bet having umps get yanked in the middle of games would settle down some of the offenders. Of course, that would only work if the Crew Chiefs were allowed the leeway to do their jobs and didn’t just stick up for the other umps.

  12. chip56 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Couple of things:

    1. The manager handled it perfectly. No outburst, not escalating the situation just a WTF expression and civil conversation with the crew chief.

    2. While Randazzo was probably overly sensitive in tossing the manager, I will give him credit for this. He didn’t escalate the situation either. He didn’t start shouting into the dugout or make a major show of the ejection (I’ve never understood why umpires have to act as if they are physically launching the manager or player out of the building when ejecting them). It was just a “you’re gone, goodbye.” and that was that.

    3. I really do miss the days when you didn’t know umpires by name. Their obsession with interjecting themselves into the game’s narrative is as annoying as Hall of Fame voters making their votes about them and not the players.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Totally agree with 1 & 2. But as to #3 – there never used to be so many cameras and such intense social media scrutiny of umpires. It’s not like the occasional umpire confrontation is a new thing, in the early days of baseball, umps would fistfight players.

      Even though I’m not a fan of “umpshow” I think way too much is being made of most of these incidents. MLB umpires, in my opinion, are the best officials of any major sport. It’s an incredibly difficult and often painful job, and they usually make it look easy.

    • blacksables - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Did you ever see the games that Earl Weaver, Billy Martin, et al, would go crazy kicking and screaming at the umpires?

      The managers have been acting like dicks and embarrassing themselves for years.

      What the umpires have done is nothing compared to the old guys. Have you ever seen an umpire kick dirt on the manager, or pick up his equipment and throw it in the stands (Weaver did that to an umpire’s facemask)?

      • chip56 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        First: No I didn’t…too young to remember those days.

        Second: That’s not right either.

        Two wrongs don’t make a right.

        Two wrights made an airplane.

  13. chiadam - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    MLB has allowed their umps to act like arrogant children for years now. What other sport celebrates manager / official shouting matches on stupid blooper videos? What other sport even has manager / official shouting matches? NFL officials get screamed at multiple times a game. They stand there, listen, and move on. The same is true for officials in the NBA and NHL, so it’s a little late to put the toothpaste back in the tube now.

  14. stevej110 - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Deadspin has a .gif, linked below, of the “argument.”

    Randazzo is on record with the pool reporter stating the entire “grounds” for the ejection. “Took his hand and shooed off my call.”

  15. mungman69 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Umps suck. Always have.

    Always will.

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