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Boston Red Sox Mike Napoli claims umpire ejected him for ridiculous reason

  • David Whitlock

“Kill the Ump.”  “You’re a bum.”  “What are you, blind?”  Typical jeers you hear at a major league baseball game.  The funny thing is that it could be 2015, 1915, or 1895.  It seems to the casual fan that umpires these days have shorter fuses, are more aggressive in arguing, and throwing out a lot more players for what seem like unworthy reasons.  Like when Bryce Harper was thrown out for not getting back in the box during a shouting match between his dugout and the umpire.  Or simple turning one’s head to get a final word in after a called strike three for Asdrubal Cabrera.  According to Boston Red Sox 1B/DH Mike Napoli, he was ejected for not picking up his bat.  Yes, every team actually has a designated employee, called a bat boy, to do this.  But the umpire seemed to have an axe to grind.  Gordon Edes of reported the home plate umpire Tripp Gibson seemed to use the abandoned bat as an excuse to eject Napoli after he disagreed with a call.

“I thought I walked. That’s why I dropped my bat. And I had a conversation with him, told him I thought it was a ball. He said it was a good pitch, so I started taking off my batting gloves and started walking back toward the dugout.  He told me I forgot my bat, I stopped a little bit, and [then] he told me to come back and pick up the bat. I pointed at the bat boy, who picks up our bats, and he tossed me. So then, when he tossed me, I told him how I felt.”

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Maybe we need a Camp David summit or something for all of us to get along.  Because something has to give.  Fans are paying to see baseball players, not the men in blue grandstand.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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