Sunday, April 28, 2013

MLB Ejection 025: Alfonso Marquez (1; Ron Gardenhire)

3B Umpire Alfonso Marquez ejected Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire for arguing an out call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Rangers-Twins game. With none out and two on, Twins batter Eduardo Escobar
Marquez listens to Gardenhire's ill-fated protest.
attempted a sacrifice bunt on a 2-1 pitch from Rangers pitcher Joe Ortiz, bunting directly back to pitcher Ortiz, who fielded the bunt and threw the ball to third baseman Adrian Beltre as baserunner R2 Oswaldo Arcia arrived at third base. Replays indicate Beltre fielded Ortiz's throw prior to Arcia touching the base; specifically, Arcia's slide took his feet and legs past the base before his left arm and hand was able to hook the base, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Twins were leading, 3-0. The Twins ultimately won the contest, 5-0.

This is Alfonso Marquez (72)'s first ejection of 2013.
Alfonso Marquez now has 4 points in the UEFL (0+2+2=4).
Crew Chief Ted Barrett now has 1 point in the Crew Division (0 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 1).

This is the 25th ejection of 2013.
This is the 10th Manager ejection of 2013.
This is the Twins' 1st ejection of 2013, 2nd in the AL Central (CLE 2; MIN 1; CWS, DET, KC 0).
This is Ron Gardenhire's 1st ejection since August 23, 2012 (Wally Bell; QOC = U).
This is Alfonso Marquez's 1st ejection since September 12, 2012 (Ross/Valentine/Royster; QOC = Y).

Wrap: Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins, 4/28/13
Video: Twins can't believe Marquez's call; Arcia's bad slide correctly identified by the umpire (MIN)

13 comments :

Gil Imber said...

Call was correct, but Marquez handled that poorly. If you have to get that animated with a manager, either toss him or walk away.

Gil Imber said...

Toss him sooner*

Gil Imber said...

fonzy's gotta lay off the finger-wagging.

Gil Imber said...

Reading lips this is what Marquez says at the very end. "I didn't want to toss you. You made me do that."


I agree with others that Marquez might have been a little too agressive during the argument. He tends to have that problem in most of his arguments. Great call though.

Gil Imber said...

That's the least animated Gardenhire I've ever seen get ejected. Call was right but you've got to handle that better Alfonso.

Gil Imber said...

So does this mean the sportswriters are going to be up in arms about getting computers to manage games?

Gil Imber said...

Fonzi is a great umpire. One of my favorites. The animated discussion does not bother me, at least he is not as contentious or vehement as Bob Davidson used to be. =-)

Gil Imber said...

Besides the finger wagging...I think he handled it fine. Solid, confident and to the point. Gave Gardy PLENTY of room to walk away, two different occasions if I recall, and third time he banged him. Gardy was asking for it and was a touch childish kicking the dirt on home plate. Great call, too by Fonzie.

Gil Imber said...

Guaranteed Gardenhire could have been run on at least three occasions in that argument. Fonzy resorted to a good scolding instead. Those that say he handled it poorly are just guessing because you have no idea what was said.

Gil Imber said...

saying it based on what i SAW- appearance is everything...

Gil Imber said...

Guys, there is emotion to the game and when you know you nailed a call and a Manager is simply not listening or believing you, an umipre can get frustrated. This is a great call and everyone in the yard can see Alfonso giving an explanation. He does it with emotion. He's passionate about his job. There is NOTHING wrong with that.

Gil Imber said...

People handle confrontation differently. It is suggested that sports officials "take the high road" but there are enough umpires that don't. Nothing wrong with what he did here IMO.

Gil Imber said...

Lifelong Twins Diehard! Marquez made one of those calls that goes the other way 90+% of the time; but the runner didn't do his job by missing the bag with his feet and only grabbing with his arm. Really not sure what he was thinking, given it was a force--not to mention who wants a cleat on your fingers....In any respect, I think Marquez saw it just the way we all saw on slow-mo replay and he knew that Gardy was arguing something he couldn't have seen. He gave Gardy all the rope he could...even walked away twice to avoid having to toss Gardy.
I'm really not sure what some of you others are saying about Marquez doing the job wrong. I've had all the same philosophical training that you guys are talking about--walk away, take the high road, etc, etc...but there are some on this panel that seem to think everything stated here is for debate and "challenge"...your opinions don't seem to be too well grounded in reality, in my opinion.

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