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Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:25 am
Edited on: August 3, 2011 1:58 am
Yadier Molina

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Tuesday night's Cardinals-Brewers game was highly entertaining, but it took a very ugly turn in the 10th inning when St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina spit in the face of home plate umpire Rob Drake after bumping him at least three times.

Molina didn't appear to rear back and spit directly in the face Roberto Alomar-style, but he was yelling and Drake was the victim of collateral spit and obviously wiped his face multiple times. Even as Molina was in the dugout and still yelling at Drake, the umpire used his shirt to wipe spittle from his face.

Molina watched a called third strike at the knees to lead off the top of the 10th inning and went nuts on Drake -- bumping Drake twice and then after Drake tried to turn away, Molina came back and bumped him again. Molina was ejected after the first bump. Molina denied spitting on Drake.

"That was a bad call," Molina told reporters, including Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I never spit on any face or man. In the moment, I was yelling. I didn't spit." 

Molina had to be held back by teammates and coaches as he continued to go after Drake.

Here's a gif of Molina going berserk from Twitter user @soccerkevin11:
GIF - Yadier Molina going completely bonkers at the home plat... on Twitpic

And for the record, Pitch F/X showed the pitch was a ball -- even though that's no excuse for Molina's reaction.

Umpires refused to comment after the game. 

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Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:17 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

This guy has been playing in the USA for how many years and he still speaks broken English.

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:17 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

This incident certainly fits a pattern of anger management issues escalating to violence from Molina.  He needed to bump that ump because he was just so, so angry.  He can't help himself.  He is constantly talking smack and trying to be some kind of tough guy out there all the time.  Very impressive, you're some kind of peabrained meathead with no self control Yadi.  Go to youtube and check out the battery he commits on-field in the minors.  The fact is that this clown would be just another animal in prison if he weren't a ballplayer.  He has a real love of physical violence, and the commisioner's office should take his past into consideration when delivering the sentence for his latest crimes.  I am actually surprised that he didn't throw at the ump considering how unhinged he was.  Gotta love LaRussa having Motte throw high at Braun, then cry about it being wrong.  Go down a fifth of Korbel in the Miller Park lot Tony, you classy, classy guy.

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:15 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Spell check much?

Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:10 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Saw the game, and I am quite surprised.  Even though the pitch was a ball, and the home plate umpire had a rough night behind the plate...the reaction was very un-Molina-like.  His reaction may cost him some time and money, and ultimately hurt his team.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:09 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Very well said,  I think Brandon Phillips is exactly right, the cardinals are a bunch of prima donnas.  How does the StL
Whiners sound?

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:08 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

njsbest, you are an idiot.  Umpires don't make that many bad calls.  Lets see, a plate umpire makes about 250-275 calls a game (balls and strikes).  They probably get all but 5 correct per game, and those 5 are borderline.  Even if we bump that to 10, that would be 96% correct.

Then you look at the plays in the field...lets say there are 54 outs in a game, we have 2 strikeout pitchers out there, so assume 20 Ks, so there are 34 calls when you consider the other 16 baserunners (reached by hits/errors/walks), lets say 50 more calls in the most games you won't see any controversial calls, so lets say 1 bad call per 10 games in an evening, 499 calls correct over 500 games. 

Now this is all hypothetical, but I am just painting a picture of how stupid you are.  Think about the last 10 games you watched, start to finish.  In the past 10 Phillies games I saw one call wrong (Hunter Pence, first plate appearance for the Phillies, was safe at first).  All the others were confirmed by replay.  That's pretty damn good.  Were there balls and strikes wrong?  Certainly, but are you suggesting that we use instant replay for those too?

In a sport where you can get to the Hall of Fame for being unsuccessful 70% of the time (or more if you do it with power), I will take 96% (or even, if we get crazy, 90%) of the balls and strike calls being correct, or 99% correct with the plays in the field. 

And if you think it is so easy, you go umpire.  I have, for years.  It is fun, but it isn't easy.  You have to work at it.  Maybe I lost you there with the notion of work.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:05 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

I hope Gerald Laird turns out to be a worthy replacement for an extended period of time.  And to rebut what someone said about the Cards being a bunch of whiners, while I don't agree with that, Molina has never done anything to put him in that class.  With the exception of reacting to Brandon Phillips tapping the bat on his shin protectors, Molina has actually been a very quiet guy who's never shown any other signs of disrespect.  So, at least call it like it is.  The guy made a fool of himself last night and will obviously pay for it, but it's not a habitual thing.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:54 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

if you take the umpires side your nuts. I saw the replay i saw were the pitch was.
it might have been a strike. But look how many bad calls the umpires make and never get in trouble for.
I think its great the way he reacted some body needs to. These umpires are so portected
that they can't even get fired or sent down or repramanded. You have the replay use it. Umpires union
NO WAY they bring that into the game make us look really bad. Yea cause you guys suck.
You blow the perfect game last year The braves game LAST year 3-2 count and pitch is
in the other batters box and its a called third strike. and game ending third strike
Thats nuts. you can throw the ball to the catcher who can have it for and hr waiting on the
runner to come home and some how the guys safe. what he do fall asleep at home plate.
REALLY. As a baseball fan i have a account. Watcing the rangers game last night
9th and mike young was out at first by a half a step.My point is I am glad the player
are starting to act up. Baseball needs to look into a lot of things And umpires making
bad calles needs some kind of discipline, not Im sorry i blew the call. Oh its ok.
NO its not Get your heads out of the mud.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:54 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

The one thing everybody fails to mention is that the pitch was a strike anyway, not sure what was going on thru his head.

Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:33 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Wow...not good...Molina is toast...won't see him for awhile. Gotta find a new catcher now...great!

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