Sunday, April 28, 2013

MLB Ejection 024: Tom Hallion (1; Jeremy Hellickson)

HP Umpire Tom Hallion ejected Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson for arguing ball calls and/or Unsportsmanlike-NEC in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Rays-White Sox game. With two out and none on, White Sox batter Dewayne Wise took a 1-2 fastball from Rays pitcher David Price for a called ball. Though replays indicate the pitch was located belt high and over home plate (px -.640), UEFL Rule 6-5-c-4 specifies QOC of a post-at bat ejection, shall be judged "in relation to the holistic effect of the argued call(s)/pitch(es)" and this/these call(s) must have "realistically resulted in a different outcome of the individual at-bat." Because Wise grounded out to Price to end the inning, the ball call did not realistically result in a "different outcome of the individual at-bat," the call was irrecusable.* At the time of the ejection, the contest was tied, 3-3. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 8-3.

This is Tom Hallion (20)'s first ejection of 2013.
Tom Hallion now has 2 points in the UEFL (0 + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable = 2).
Crew Chief Tom Hallion now has X points in the UEFL's Crew Division (X + 1 Irrecusable = X).
*Per the Appellate Interpreter: Strikeout vs. groundout does not meet the burden of "different outcome."
In the bottom of the 7th, Price and Hallion exchanged words. According to Price, Hallion said, "Throw the ball over the f***** plate." Upon hearing Price's characterization, Hallion allegedly responded, "I'll come right out bluntly and say he's a liar." Hallion claims he instead said, "Just throw the ball."

This is the 24th ejection of 2013.
This is the 12th player ejection of 2013.
Prior to his ejection, Hellickson was a bench player and did not participate in the game.
This is the Rays' 2nd ejection of 2013, 2nd in the AL East (TOR 3; TB 2; BAL, BOS, NYY 0).
This is Jeremy Hellickson's first career ejection.
This is Tom Hallion's first ejection since July 29, 2012 (Josh Beckett; QOC = Y).
Video: Hellickson heckles Hallion and hooks a hasty heave-ho (TB)

Pitch f/x graphic courtesy Brooks Baseball

9 comments :

Gil Imber said...

I've never used that sort of language while doing it, but I have in the past told a pitcher things like "I'll call a strike if you'll throw one."

Gil Imber said...

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=26666303&query=%26game_pk%3D347115
I'd be curious to see the Brooks plot for this pitch. In real time it looked outside, but it's so hard to tell between the off-center camera, and the catcher being set up outside and then him reaching back, that I could see where it may have gotten plate.

Gil Imber said...

Alfonso Marquez ejected Ron Gardenhire over an out call at third base. The call looked correct.


http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=26672365&c_id=mlb

Gil Imber said...

I love the announcers in this one. They bark about the call then, when commenting about Hallion coming up the first base line, say, "I thought he might be coming up to tell Price 'Sorry, I missed one. I'm human.'"


So you essentially lambaste an umpire for missing a pitch, then say that maybe he'd make amends by apologizing after the half-inning, then jump on him again when that's not what he does.

Gil Imber said...

Watching the video the pitch looked borderline to me. With the way the catcher appeared to pull it back, I can see how it was called a ball.


Considering the batter grounded out anyway, it should be a non-issue.

Gil Imber said...

Now they are investigating the whole situation

Gil Imber said...

What exactly are they investigating?

Gil Imber said...

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130429&content_id=46125314&vkey=news_tb&c_id=tb

Gil Imber said...

ESPN says Hallion was fined for his language.

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