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Harsh words for umpires

Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: July 4, 2011 10:26 am
Ron Washington

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Fines be damned, Rangers manager Ron Washington and Braves third baseman Chipper Jones expressed their frustration with umpiring Sunday.

Washington's target was Angel Hernandez, known far and wide as one of the worst umpires in baseball. After Washington and first-base coach Gary Pettis were ejected arguing that Florida reliever Mike Dunn had balked.

"Angel is just bad," Washington told reporters (via the Dallas Morning News). "That's all there is to it."

Probably adding insult to injury is that Hernandez is on the same crew as Joe West, another notorious umpire.

Chipper JonesWhile his specific beef was with rookie umpire Mark Ripperger, Jones took on the state of umpiring as a whole in his postgame comments, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"I've said it time and time again, the officiating in this league is substandard for the most part," Jones said. "I actually apologized to [Ripperger] after the 3-1 pitch, I said, 'I'm sorry. That pitch was right where the 2-1 pitch was and it was called a ball.' And he said that ball got plate.

"I knew that I was dealing with a larger than average strike zone at that point."

Jones tried to take first base twice in the at-bat, but Ripperger called the pitches strikes and Jones struck out to end the Braves' loss to the Orioles.

"I didn't say a word after the last pitch," Jones told reporters. "I know they are balls. I've been here 18 years, [and] I know what balls and strikes are. I know when guys are trying to pitch around me. He can stare me down all he wants; he made two bad calls."

Jones also said, "I guess it was a little too hot; [he] had to get on a plane." 

Jones' manager had his back: "I came back in here and looked at them on video; I thought they were awful," Fredi Gonzalez said. "I thought the balls were away, not even close. It's hard to lose a game on those two balls like that."

All three will be fined, but I'm not sure any of them care. In fact, Jones said as much afterward.

"I'm going to stick up for my team, if a guy's not going to do his job, I'm going to say something," he said. "If I get fined, I get fined. I don't care." 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:51 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:26 am

Harsh words for umpires

Complaints are some of becoming person. Market value that challenges for which they're: admired position demonstrations may well simply be came across the main next to impossible opportunity. Unless that is a lethal errors, and that, as a minimum, other folks have the ability to know starting from.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:45 am

Harsh words for umpires

If you know the strike zone is "larger than average" then it's your job to adjust.

Actually, that's not his job at all.  His job is to swing at strikes and not swing at balls.  The umps job is to call balls and strikes according to the guidelines which are clearly laid out in the rule book.  There is a plate on the ground for a reason, and the plate is a certain size for a reason. 

Since: Jun 2, 2010
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:00 am

Harsh words for umpires

hav u seen the video they are 2 ft outside

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 9:20 am

Harsh words for umpires

When they ejected Wash, he really let him have it. But that's what they do. Everytime you eject a manager, you're gonna hear what they have to say. Loud and clear.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 8:31 am

Harsh words for umpires

Hey Blacktara...or should I call you douchebag.  When umps don't get the job done they need to be called out.  "never argue with an ump"...are you kidding with me?  I'm sure that little league s the last level you played at.  I guess all the terrible calls in last year's mlb playoffs we should just sit back and take it?  It's hard for a ball player to do his job when the umps aren't doing theres. 

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 2:18 am

Harsh words for umpires

Whenever NATO's bombs miss they just need to say, "Hey, sorry, it's the human element, we are trying our best."

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 4:01 pm

Harsh words for umpires

The umpires are out there doing a very difficult job - and doing it extremely well.

The human element is a part of baseball. Every call is what the umpire says it is. BY DEFINITION, they are ALWAYS correct

Rule number one that you learn in Little League - you NEVER argue with an ump

This is not a story. This is not an issue

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 3:59 pm

Harsh words for umpires

Hey Chipper - or should I start calling him Chumper - here's the definition of a ball and a strike (cuz it seems you DONT know) - a ball is any pitch the ump calls as such - a strike is any pitch the ump calls a strike - period end of story

If you know the strike zone is "larger than average" then it's your job to adjust.

A totally bush league outburst by Chumper - that cant do anything but hurt him - I mean, you just dissed every ump in the gamev - how many borderline pitches do you think you're gonna be getting?

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 3:53 pm

Harsh words for umpires

Actually, it is simple to fix it. The lowest five rated umpires go back to Triple A each year and the highest five in Triple A come up the majors. This would bring it out in the public who is deserving of retraining. It would also reward the umpires who are good but stuck at Triple A. Let the umpires sent down keep their Majors' salary for one year at Triple A but if they have not re-earned Majors ratings, they get dropped to Triple A salary. If they choose to retire, then so be it. Why does the Umpires' union have so much power over Selig?

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