Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ejections 029, 030: Mark Carlson (1, 2)

HP Umpire Mark Carlson ejected Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly for arguing a strike call in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Rockies-Dodgers game. With one out and one on, Dodgers batter Andre Ethier took a 2-2 fastball from Rockies pitcher Mark Reynolds for a called strike three. Replays indicate the 2-2 pitch from Reynolds was above the belt and over the inside corner of the plate (px value of 0.715), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Dodgers were leading, 5-4. The Dodgers ultimately won the contest, 11-5.

These are Mark Carlson (6)'s first and second ejections of 2012.
Mark Carlson now has 8 points in the UEFL (0 Previous + 2*[2 MLB + 2 Correct Call] = 8).
Crew Chief Ed Rapuano now has 2 points in the Crew Division (0 Previous + 2*[1 Correct Call] = 2).

UEFL Standings Update

These are the 29th and 30th ejections of 2012.
This is the 10th player ejection of 2012.
This is the 18th Manager ejection of 2012.
This is Andre Ethier's first ejection of 2012.
This is Don Mattingly's first ejection of 2012.
The Dodgers now have three ejections in 2012.

Wrap: Rockies at Dodgers 5/13/12 (Mother's Day)
Video: Ethier, then Mattingly are ejected by Mark Carlson for arguing pitch Scully calls "awfully good"
Pitch f/x courtesy Brooks Baseball


*Note: Brooks Baseball is promoting a Sabermetrics seminar hosted by those at the Jimmy Fund with all the money collected going to cancer research, the link to the seminar can be found here.

34 comments :

wwjd said...

I was listening to this game on the rockies radio network and Carolson gave Ethier plenty of lesh and evently he hung him self and then every body new Matingliy would follow it wasn't even a close pitch Ethier didn't have a argument I predicted this would be a correct call

Anonymous said...

Strike 3 all day, and when Andre Ethier, the teams super star got tossed, Mattingly was almost a guaranteed follow.

UmpsRule said...

Not trying to be mean but:

A) Who's Mark Calrson (check video link)?

B) "Awfully good?" If that's not a direct contradiction, I don't know what is. In this case though, I think Vin Scully has earned the right to directly contradict himself.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely unprofessional thin skinned umpire. He kept the argument going while Eithier was walking away. If he had shut his mouth the argument woulda been over.

All the fans who bought a ticket to see Mark Carlson umpire certainly got their money's worth.

UmpsRule said...

Having now watched the clip, overall that was a textbook example of good broadcasting. As for the call, it was plainly a strike, and I give credit to Carlson for giving Mattingly as long a leash as he did.

Isn't it great how Scully knows biographical information about the umpire? And that's not the first time either.

UmpsRule said...

@ Anon 5:33

Absolutely unprofessional comment. You blast away at the umpire despite the fact that it was Ethier who started an argument over a pitch that Stevie Wonder knows was a strike.

All the readers who came onto this website to read a ridiculous complaint about Mark Carlson certainly spent their time well.

Anonymous said...

And I guess Carlson made Ethier swing at pitches 2, 3 and 5 after calling pitch 1 a ball. This is totally laughable. Ethier has about as good an idea of the zone as the above mentioned Stevie Wonder comment. It is a total embarrassment to even think about arguing on this at bat. Just another crybaby primadonna. He just had to get in that one last cheapshot and then tried to blame Carlson who never moved of getting in his face. Only one getting in someone's face was Ethier. Pitiful that Mattingly even came out to support this at bat and cheap shot primadonna.

Anonymous said...

well said anon 5:38 and anon 6:12

Pete said...

Good call and proper ejection by Carlson. In all aspects, a very long leash by Carlson; he only dumps him after he turns his head back to get in a parting comment. Mattingly got to say his thoughts also; when a manager lingers that long on a balls/strikes dispute he's asking for the hook.

wwjd said...

Hey Jeremy or Gil could we get Carlson's numbers for the game cuse Ethier wasn't the only player who questined Carlson's strike zone just the only one who had a conversation longer than two sentences. Not that i thought it didnt seem consistent but maybe a little small at times but a pitcher with no control doesn't get those borderline calls

Anonymous said...

http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/zoneplot.php?pitchSel=all&game=gid_2012_05_13_colmlb_lanmlb_1/&sp_type=1&s_type=7

Mike said...

I was just impressed that I don't seem to recognize this umpire. And Scully said he's been in the league for 13 years? He must be doing something right! Maybe the rest should take a lesson...

tmac said...

Hard to fault anything he did there.. Seemed like he was responded to a question... he didn't take his mask off.... I supoose he could have gone to the locker room and let things settle down.... then come back out when all the players were happy... But other then that what do you expect... There are a lot of people on here that would have really hated baseball umpires PRE ESPN... yes baseball did exist before cable!!

Gil Imber said...

pfx Zone for Home Plate Umpire Mark Carlson:

162 Callable Pitches (115-47)

115 Balls...
8 Incorrect (Called Balls within Strike Zone) = 93.0% Accuracy

47 Called Strikes...
3 Incorrect (Called Strikes outside Strike Zone) = 93.6% Accuracy

151 / 162 = 93.2% Accuracy

wwjd said...

Thx Gil for the numbers it confirms what i thought a lot of pointless argueing by playets on both sides Carlson usually has a good zone and obviously had one today but he got a lot of dirty looks and had a few conversations

Cricket said...

Ethier really chose a bad pitch to argue on...That was not even close.

Bearded Beast said...

What is Either arguing about?! Carlson gave him plenty of chances to shut his mouth and keep walking. Saying he is thin skinned is crazy. Try getting talked to like that and see if you dont react. As for Mattingly, wished he would've saved an ejection over a worthy argument.

I don't see why Either had to complain in the first place?!

Anonymous said...

Ethier was 0-for-3 and I think I heard somewhere that his aunt passed away today.

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Anonymous said...

Wow...that was uncalled for.

Anonymous said...

I agree 4:12 anon, totally uncalled for and especially to the moderator who allowed the post to come through.

And kudos to Mark Carlson, he's one of the better veteran umpires in the league who is very patient against confrontation. I believe I read somewhere that he served time in the Marines, which maybe is why he displays his patience. In my view, he's better than a few umpires who are quick-triggered like Hernandez or any of the AAA umpires like Campos. To think Carlson is thin-skinned is like Bob Davidson doesn't call balks every other game.

wwjd said...

Wow is all i can say that's just uncalled for n what if somebody said something like that about some one in ur family

UmpsRule said...

@ Anon 5:47

Well, I wouldn't say all AAA umpires are thin-skinned. I certainly don't think Alan Porter is. Also, these comments are not always approved prior to being posted.

As for Ethier, if his aunt did indeed die, it definitely would explain him being a little irritable.

Anonymous said...

If Ethier's Aunt passed away, maybe he should have taken the day off. The idea of using the passing of a relative to excuse his behavior is shameful. That would be like excusing an umpire's behavior because one of his kids is sick at home.

Cricket said...

@ Anon 3:55

My father just got out of the hospital from stroke recovery...but that's pretty damn funny.

@ Anon 9:32

Excellent point.

Anonymous said...

I think Either just wanted to get ejected because he knows gil is a dodger fan and he wanted to make sure he got tossed on a call that the umpire got right. haha.

Jeremy Dircks said...

Comments are unscreened. The only time we really use screened comments are during case plays. However, just because they are unscreened doesn't give free reign to make tasteless comments. They'll be removed when seen, as Gil did.

Jon Terry said...

Pssst. Bob Davidson hasn't called a balk all year. Just sayin' . . .

Anonymous said...

Haha. I know he's called at least one.

Anonymous said...

Davidson has been on his best behavior. Surprisingly Layne, Davidson and wendlstedt all don't have an ejection yet. Although last year Wendlsedt did not have his first ejection until July 31st and ended up with eight. So you never know.

Bearded Beast said...

Well I really wished Layne, Davidson and Wendlsedt would wake up and start ejecting some people! I have Hunter and Layne is my CC! haha

My condolences to Ethier and his family.

RichMSN said...

Davidson just completely blew a gasket and ejected Charlie Manuel. No call involved -- the Phillies dugout was yelling at Davidson for blocking F2's path to an uncaught third strike. Some great audio on the Phillies broadcast from Davidson, "You think I was trying to block his ass?" and then a bunch of F yous back and forth between Davidson and Manuel. Great theater.

Adam said...

Atta boy Bobby!! Good to see the old Bob Davidson back!! Best manager/ump argument of the year!!!

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