Friday, May 24, 2013

MLB Ejections 039, 040: Dan Bellino (2, 3; Lawrie, Gibbons)

HP Umpire Dan Bellino ejected Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie and Manager John Gibbons for arguing a called third strike in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Orioles-Blue Jays game. With two out and two on, Lawrie
Bellino after ejecting Gibbons.
took a 1-2 curveball from Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located knee high and over the inner half of home plate, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Orioles were leading, 9-3. The Orioles ultimately won the contest, 10-6.

These are Dan Bellino (2)'s second and third ejection of 2013.
Dan Bellino now has 10 points in the UEFL (2 Previous + 2*[2 MLB + 2 Correct Call] = 10).
Crew Chief Wally Bell now has 3 points in the Crew Division (1 Previous + 2*[1 Correct Call] = 3).

These are the 39th and 40th ejections of 2013.
This is the 18th player ejection of 2013. Prior to his ejection, Lawrie was 1-2 in the contest.
This is the 19th Manager ejection of 2013.
These are the Jays' 4th/5th ejections of 2013, 1st in the AL East (TOR 5; TB 4; BAL, BOS, NYY 0).
This is John Gibbons' first ejection since April 25 (Jeff Kellogg; QOC = Y).
This is Brett Lawrie's first ejection since May 15, 2012 (Bill Miller; QOC = N).
This is Dan Bellino's first ejection since May 20 (Andre Ethier; QOC = U).

Wrap: Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 5/24/13
Video: After called third strike to end the inning, Lawrie, then Gibbons, tossed (TOR)

Pitch f/x plot courtesy Brooks Baseball

40 comments :

Gil Imber said...

You're wrong. There's a difference between tossing a helmet and spiking a
helmet. Here's a spike, which is an automatic EJ. If he just tosses his
helmet to the dugout and walks up the 3B line, he's fine. Lawrie put
himself in the position.

Gil Imber said...

Because Lawrie Is A Calm, Cool, Collected Guy Without Any Sort Of Prior History.

Gil Imber said...

I think Bellino is a great ump. However, I think he was wrong to eject Lowrie. He definitely should have gotten an equipment violation.

Gil Imber said...

you're joking right, the helmet didn't even bounce. He hardly did more than drop it.

Gil Imber said...

Three Bellino ejections in a week. That will help the Fantasy team! ... But in all seriousness: I don't have a problem here. It's a strike. There's precedent for this. The umpire points to the equipment and tells the player to pick it up. They don't pick it up. Reminds me when Ryan Zimmerman got thrown out by Scott Barry a couple years ago. It's all discretion. Don't want the discretion to come into play? Don't spike a helmet.

Gil Imber said...

Lawrie has a history and a certain reputation after the Miller incident last year, no slack given.

Gil Imber said...

I don't think it was the helmet that got him dumped; I think it was him throwing his batting gloves at Belino that got him dumped. I haven't watched the highlight posted, but I was watching the game live and that's what the Toronto broadcasters figure.

Gil Imber said...

Well, Jeff Nelson has made a horrible out call at 1B in Seattle tonight. Almost Tim Welke bad.

Gil Imber said...

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=27403447&c_id=mlb





heres the call.

Gil Imber said...

The third strike call was correct, although borderline. However, strikes one and two were both well outside of the zone and called strikes.

Gil Imber said...

If Lawrie really wanted to argue he would have done a lot worse than that. He is the most intense guy I have ever seen play baseball, for him that was a pretty tame reaction. I think it was a reputation toss. Which is a shame cause Lawrie really didn't mean anything by it. Look at his reaction when he found out he was tossed

Gil Imber said...

Who said he was? I certainly didn't. Thanks for making an irrelevant statement though.

Gil Imber said...

Well, I can't argue that a spike equates to a toss, but this was a pretty weak spike. Mind you, I'm also biased and looking at this from someone who played collegiate ball and has umpired, so I'm very much aware that the emotional investment is much higher for players than umpires, and as such, I often had a fairly long leash and let players and coaches get away with showing emotion as long as it didn't cross the line. For me, this helmet "spike" came nowhere near that line in the sand.

Gil Imber said...

ok i've seen this happen many times, good ejection by bellino, the helmet didn't get him run, nor did dropping his bad on the plate, it was throwing his batting gloves back towards him. Now hear me out before you shut me out, there is a time and a place to be upset at yourself and throw your gloves/helmet/bat, striking out looking to end the inning on a close pitch is not one of those times. When you throw anything, especially behind you when you are not looking, in the direction of the umpire, you are going to get run because you are essentially saying "(Expletive) You!" by doing this. This may be even let go if this were another player besides lawrie, however the umpires are fed up with his antics, instead of throwing your batting gloves hand them to the third/first base coach or the bat boy as you head to your position. Hopefully he will figure it out soon.

Gil Imber said...

Glad You Aren't Working With Me.

Gil Imber said...

You can also chalk up another horrible call from Marty Foster in Kansas City at second base today. Not to mention Angel Hernandez blew a HUGE call at first today. It's an epidemic, folks.

Gil Imber said...

wtf are you talking about, he was tossed before he even got his batting gloves off. And if he did he was probably throwing them to the spot where his bat and helmet where, not the umpire. The only explanation is the helmet. which was very debatable

Gil Imber said...

Here's an image of the Foster call: http://bit.ly/Z6gZ4i. He actually may have missed his hand, but he got his arm, bicep and elbow prior to Trout reaching second. Actually, here's the video: http://atmlb.com/19bKrd0.

And in the second one: well, the return of three things: Angel Hernandez blowing calls, Angel Hernandez's snapback, and Hawk Harrelson having an aneurysm. http://atmlb.com/1ahJlu6

Gil Imber said...

Lawrie's sister tweeted "The umps these days in @mlb can suck it... Some of the worst calls I
have ever seen have been this 2013 season,#callthegamerightdouches" and "To everyone out there, I'm not saying what my brother did was RIGHT at
all, I'm saying these umps are horrific and are not held accountable"

Gil Imber said...

Accountable? Bellino handled this absolutely perfectly. I watched the feed. He issued an equipment warning before the ejection. Lawrie acted like a little child. Someone needs to tell his siter that Lawrie needs to be accountable for batting .190 as we approach June. Don't go blaming this umpire, because this was done entirely by the book. I think this is a great teaching tool to young umpires. He never gets too upset. Remove him from the game and do your job without getting emotional. Fantastic job!

Gil Imber said...

http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/numlocation_io.php-pitchSel=501957&game=gid_2013_05_24_balmlb_tormlb_1&batterX=35&innings=yyyyyyyyy&sp_type=1&s_type=3.gif ... Not really.

Gil Imber said...

And here are the clips: http://atmlb.com/19bKrd0 | http://atmlb.com/1ahJlu6 ... NO! NO! NO!

Gil Imber said...

Great EJ. 110% correct. And yes, it was the glove toss that got him run!

Gil Imber said...

I can't wait to see how Bellino handle's his EJ's 10 or 15 years from now. He handle's them perfect now but I wonder once he becomes a veteran umpire if he is just gonna sit there and take it or will he finally bark back? He is turning into my favorite umpire.

Gil Imber said...

The Pitch Tracker on the Blue Jays broadcast showed these pitches as being much further out of the strike zone.

Gil Imber said...

It has long been known (at least on this site) that TV pitch trackers are less reliable and rather unscientific compared to the pitchfx system.

Gil Imber said...

Only a certified Double Diamond apologist could defend this ejection. Lawrie didn't have a problem with the strike 3 call. He didn't say a word to Bellino or anyone else. In fact, he didn't even look at him. The only thing Lawrie did was walk toward his position (away from Bellino) and toss his gloves back for the ball boy to pick up. Just like many others do without incident.

Then again, maybe Bellino recognized that Lawrie was in actuality using the new stealth method of showing up the umpire. This occurs when a player genuinely thinks the umpire got the call right, doesn't disagree with the call, doesn't say anything to the umpire, doesn't say anything period, doesn't look at the umpire, walks directly away from the umpire in a non-animated manner toward his position in the field, all while showing no indication whatsoever that he is even thinking about the umpire. But in reality, he's doing all that just to show up the umpire.

Most Major League umpires would be fooled into thinking Lawrie was engaging in so-called "walking-back-to-one's-position-after-the-third-out." But these scumbags can't fool Dan Bellino. He knows stealth protesting when he sees it.

Dan Bellino. He's just that good.

Gil Imber said...

It was a called strike three, he threw down his helmet and his bat, and was given an equipment fine by the home plate umpire," crew chief Wally Bell said to a pool reporter. "As he walked away, in [Bellino's] opinion, he flipped the gloves back in a bad manner and that will get an ejection. That's what it was. He threw them back toward Danny in a way that wasn't etiquette in baseball and he was ejected for it."

Gil Imber said...

This is what happened. Bellino knew he had a horrible at-bat. Bellino wanted to eject someone to pass the buck and make someone else wrong. Lawrie didn't give him a reaction that warranted an ejection, but Bellino carried out his plan anyway. Bellino has been a horrible vindictive umpire since his career began. He's a total disgrace to this game.

Gil Imber said...

I shall call you Mr. Insane Conspiracy Theorist #2 and shall have many a laugh at your expense.

Gil Imber said...

When people say "accountable", what precisely do they want to happen?

Gil Imber said...

That first clip leads to a home run and not a play at any base!


I get louder every time I post! YES! I! DO!

Gil Imber said...

And I'm glad you aren't working with me. You don't even know how to properly capitalize letters in a sentence, I wouldn't trust you to be able to hold up your end of a game.

Gil Imber said...

Any way the rest of us can see that video?

Gil Imber said...

That's as reliable as... Fox News.

Gil Imber said...

Chris Getz got ejected by who else... Marty Foster.

Gil Imber said...

I don't know. Watch the highlights on the MLB network I guess.

Gil Imber said...

umpirewars should change his name to "Straw Man".

Gil Imber said...

If Danny throws out Lawrie he gets raked by the fans; if he doesn't throw out Lawrie he gets raked by his bosses. If I were him I would rather get raked by the fans and follow the directives I've been given. As a newer umpire you don't ensure yourself a long career in the majors by pleasing the fans, you do it by following orders and getting the calls right. This was a by the book ejection, whether you agree with it or not. Do you see it by many of the veteran guys, no. That's because they have already made their name in the majors with both their bosses and the players allowing them to cut some extra slack. Danny doesn't have that advantage...he has to follow the letter of the law and ensure he earns the respect of both his bosses and the players for doing his job the way he's been taught and ordered to do it.

Gil Imber said...

Looking at it from an ump's point of view (equipment violation rules aside here) - you don't spike your equipment at home plate, and you don't toss it back in my direction once you've walked away from the plate. I already know you're p.o.ed and all of that is simply putting the emphasis back on me (your home plate umpire) as to WHY you're p.o.ed.


If you just drop the equipment at home plate, or better yet, toss it back in the direction of your own dugout, I don't have any issue with it at all.

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