Tag:Ed Hickox
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:29 am
Edited on: May 29, 2011 1:40 pm
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Hairston appealing suspension

Jerry Hairston

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Nationals utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. is appealing his one-game suspension levied on Sunday for his argument with an umpire on Friday.

Hairston is in the Nationals' lineup on Sunday against the Padres, batting seventh and playing third base.

"I had no clue in my wildest dreams I would get suspended," Hairston told the Washington Post. "I was definitely shocked. Never have I pushed or shoved an umpire, and I never will. I never cussed at him. I felt I pleaded my case, and I felt that’s all I did. Sometimes, I'm an emotional guy. I can be very high strung. I can be a little more, I guess, showy at times. I never pushed or shoved him. The video speaks loud and clear."
Friday, Hairston argued with home plate umpire Ed Hickox that Padres starter Clayton Richard quick-pitched him in the seventh inning. Hairston had called time out, Hickox declined while Richard was throwing the pitch. Hariston swung at the pitch and flied out to center. Instead of running to first, Hairston argued with Hickox.

On Friday, Hairston explained his side to MLB.com's Bill Ladson:

"I played with Clayton Richard and he quick pitches -- big time," Hairston said. "He held the ball and I stepped out. As soon as I stepped back in the box, he was coming. You just can't do that. You have to let the hitter get set.

"Basically, I asked for help and when I asked for help, I got thrown out. I never cussed at the umpire or anything. I didn't feel I needed to get thrown out there."

And now he doesn't feel the need to be suspended.

"This is not the YMCA," Hairston told the Post. "This is Major League Baseball. You're going to have your arguments. You're going to have your disagreements. I felt like I was in the right. I didn't push him or shove him in any way, and the video clearly shows that."

MLB's Joe Garagiola Jr. cited Hairston for "aggressive actions, which included making contact" with an umpire. Video showed Hairston inadvertently brushed umpire Brian O'Nora when pointing toward home plate. 

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Posted on: April 17, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Uehara's streak stopped

Koji UeharaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Before a full-count pitch to Shin-Soo Choo with one out in the eighth inning on Sunday, Orioles reliever Koji Uehara had gone 36 appearances without a walk.

That pitch -- much to the chagrin of Uehara and manager Buck Showalter -- was called a ball, ending the third-longest streak in baseball history behind Dennis Eckersley (41 games from 1989-1990) and John Smoltz (38 games from 2003-2004). 

"I'm not so sure it was a walk, either," Showalter said of the pitch called a ball by home plate umpire Ed Hickox, via the Baltimore Sun.

Uehara, through his interpreter, told reporters, "I think it wasn't going well with the umpires today."

After going 36 appearances without a walk, Uehara walked Travis Hafner after striking out Carlos Santana. His last walk before today was July 16, 2010, to Fred Lewis, then with the Blue Jays.

Uehara needed 29 pitches to get through the inning in which he also struck out two batters, but had needed just 33 pitches to get through the first 4 2/3 innings he'd thrown this season. Still, he said he'll be ready to pitch on Monday. He's allowed just one hit and no runs in five appearances this season.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 3:51 pm
 

Jays' Bautista tossed in tie game

Jose Bautista The last series between the Yankees and Blue Jays, Jose Bautista was yelling at Yankees pitchers. On Saturday, it was home plate umpire Ed Hickox on the other side of Bautista's braking.

With two on and no outs in a tie game, Bautista was called out on strikes against New York's Joba Chamberlain. Bautista let Hickox know what he thought of the call and was ejected.

Replays and MLB.com's pitch tracker both showed the ball was well outside, bolstering Bautista's point.

But being right doesn't make the situation any better. Bautista is the Jays' best shot at untying the game with a single swing. The next Jays batter, Vernon Wells, grounded into a double play to end the inning. The Yankees' Marcus Thames hit a two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning to untie the game.

Bautista leads the majors with 43 home runs and hit two against the Yankees on Aug. 23, including one after New York starter Ivan Nova threw near his head.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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