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Leyland goes off on umpire for botched call

Posted on: June 27, 2011 11:07 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 12:07 am

By Evan Brunell

During Monday's game, Jim Leyland performed perhaps his most animated argument ever with umpires, earning his first ejection of the season.

In the seventh inning, Toronto second baseman Aaron Hill attempted to throw out Andy Dirks on a bunt. First-base umpire Ed Rapuano froze for several seconds before ruling Dirks safe, saying Adam Lind had left the bag to make the catch. That caused Blue Jays manager John Farrell to complain as replays clearly showed Dirks was out and Lind was on the bag. Rapuano spoke to home-plate umpire Alfonso Marquez, who confirmed that Dirks was out, so Rapuano changed his mind.

Jim Leyland wasn't happy about that, but Rapuano let him scream his heart out and remained patient even when Leyland asked Rapuano multiple times why the umpire was "fornicating" (except it was a different f-word) him. But Leyland finally got the thumb when he decided to re-enact Rapuano's initial, delayed safe call followed by calling Dirks out. And Leyland was only getting started, continuing to holler for a few minutes and giving Marquez a piece of his mind.

It wasn't the call at first that drew Leyland's ire, though. "It was more the appeal at first base," starter Max Scherzer, who was in the dugout, told "He just hadn't seen that call before, where he appealed to home plate. I think that's what he was upset about."

All due respect to Leyland, but Rapuano's actions should be applauded. Although Rapuano appeared to be in perfect position to make the call, it was pretty clear that he was not sure what the right call was. In that situation, he found another umpire who could confirm the correct call and then changed his own call. That's all you want from umpires -- to make the right call. (Got that, Joe West?)

Check out the video of Leyland's ejection below.

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Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 3:55 pm

Leyland goes off on umpire for botched call

Umpires are awful along with most referees in other sports.  Leyland wasn't mad about the fact that he was out he was mad that over and over he's had to live with what the umpire called right or wrong.  Now, all of a sudden we get a call and they immediately overturn it.  That's the point.  

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:10 am

Leyland goes off on umpire for botched call

This was absolutely hilarious to watch !! I think he already knew Dirks was out on the play but I think he had to make the point clear as it seemed like while watching the game Rapiano was in a daze making the call and then all of a sudden he changes it !!!! I don't think I have ever seen Leyland so animated and I was really surprised after the game he allowed his post game takes as the reporters there all seemed like they were on needles and pins talking with him but more power to you skip if it rallies the troops and gets the win Im all for it.

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:03 am

Leyland goes off on umpire for botched call

Jim has been in a pissy mood all year.......methinks it's the crackdown on smoking in the dugout.

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:48 am

Leyland goes off on umpire for botched call

Totally agree with Highlander99.
 I expect anymore botched calls to be reviewed by another umpire and reversed as this sets a precedent for the rest of the season IMHO.

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:23 am

Leyland goes off on umpire for botched call

Leyland hadn't been ejected all season, and he doesn't show up umpires even on the worst of calls (Joyce on the perfect game call.) He didn't go off on the umpire because he missed a call. He went off because the umpire made a call after 5 seconds and then pulled a "Gee I don't know if I guessed right because that manager doesn't look very happy; maybe I did get it wrong so I will consult the home plate umpire; gee he thinks I did guess wrong so I'll just reverse myself" routine. Had the umpire not made the call and asked for help, the fireworks would not have happened.

It was a tied game in the 7th inning, and the Tigers are in a battle for first place. While obvoisly the runner was out and Leyland went way too far in arguing the call, the umpire is at fault here. That was the first time I have ever seen an mlb umpire reverse himself after asking another umpire if he got it right. Baseball doesn't have instant replay, nor do umpires go out of their way to correct missed calls by other umpires during the course of a game.

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:57 am

Leyland goes off on umpire for botched call

END POINT: The right call was made. Simple as that. The 1B Umpire handled himself well I believe. He (somehow, but still) couldnt clearly see if the foot was pulled. So, never assume a runner out, call him safe is you're unsure in a situation like that. He did, and then im sure asked Marquez if the foot was pulled or not. No, I don't believe he went and said "Hey, um, was he out?" No, he asked if the foot was pulled, Marquez said it was not, and so, there's the out. I also am an umpire, and I believe that it was handled extremely well by the crew (other than the fact that he let Leyland argue for 5 minutes). Who needs replay? Two umpires talked it over and did what they are paid to do: make the right call.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:14 am

Leyland goes off on umpire for botched call

btw, unforgiven, umpires are rarely awful every game.  a home plate umpire has to make over 300 decisions every game, on pitches ranging from 78-100 mph, and he has to make them in an instant.  they're usually right, and even when--according to things like K-Zone--they're wrong, they are at least consistent.  Base umpires make fewer decisions, but usually get them right as well.  In fact, I'd be willing to wager that umpires are correct in their job more than you are correct in yours, whatever it might be.  Their mistakes are put up on a jumbo-tron and replayed over and over. Yours?

I'll grant you Joe West as an exception, but it's a tough job that most of them do pretty damn well EVERY GAME.

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