Friday, June 14, 2013

MLB Ejection 079: Eric Cooper (1; Elvis Andrus)

HP Umpire Eric Cooper ejected Rangers SS Elvis Andrus for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Blue Jays-Rangers game. With one out and one on, Andrus took a 3-2 fastball from Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located knee high and off the inner edge
Andrus argues the K3 call and is heaved.
of home plate (px -1.136), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Blue Jays were leading, 5-0. The Blue Jays ultimately won the contest, 8-0.

This is Eric Cooper (56)'s first ejection of 2013.
Eric Cooper now has -2 points in the UEFL (0 + 2 MLB + -4 N = -2).
Crew Chief Jeff Kellogg now has 4 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (4 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = 5).

This is the 79th ejection of 2013.
This is the 37th player ejection of 2013. Prior to his ejection, Andrus was 0-3 in the contest with two SO.
This is the Rangers' 2nd ejection of 2013, 2nd in the AL West (OAK 5; TEX 2; LAA, SEA 1; HOU 0).
This is Elvis Andrus' 1st ejection of 2013 and first since July 26, 2011 (Andy Fletcher; QOC = N).
This is Eric Cooper's first ejection since June 14, 2012 (Ian Kinsler; QOC = N).

Wrap: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers, 6/14/13
Video: Andrus disputes Coop's K call, is tossed from the dugout arguing the four-seam fastball (TEX)

32 comments :

Gil Imber said...

he was giving a lot of strikes in that corner all game, but even if youre giving that spot it wasn't close

Gil Imber said...

I guess Eric only ejects people on Flag Day.

Gil Imber said...

I don't think the Rangers care for Cooper very much. He has tossed Kinsler twice in Arlington over past seasons. The next time someone says that Eric Cooper was squeezing someone , you now its an absolute joke.

Gil Imber said...

Strange how humans make mistakes! Well, when you do in this arena, prepare for backlash. And then prepare to summarily toss the complainer. That's life and can be equated to ANY situation. BAU...

Gil Imber said...

I will say that I don't like when an umpire listens to what is being said in the dugout (no matter how loud) and then ejects someone. Sometimes it is better to let it go (as long as the player is not insulting your Mom or something). Just my opinion. This is major league...


"Dammit Dorn, this inning should be OVER!"

Gil Imber said...

As a Blue Jays fan, I can't complain about Cooper's strike zone yesterday, but that's only because it favoured the Jays so much it was unbelievable. I can understand being angry if you're a Texas fan: your batters definitely had a larger zone and you pitchers definitely had a smaller one.

Gil Imber said...

That is an amateur mentality and has no place in professional baseball. When you allow one guy to yell from the dugout why not allow 3 then 5 then 7 then why not everyone. Then you have chaos. Chaos in the dugout leads to chaos on the field and no one will believe you have control of your game. It also makes the game much harder to umpire as far as balls strikes safes and outs are concerned.

That being said there is a fine line. Understanding the game, such as when a player might be mad at himself as opposed to mad at you. It's always a process as to getting better as an umpire and making correct judgments in game management.

Gil Imber said...

I believe the correct quote should be...."F*cken Dorn, this game should be over already, he tanked that ball on purpose!" I could be wrong though it's been a few years since I have seen that movie.

Gil Imber said...

I wonder if Cooper said to Andrus: "What would you do if I call you out on that pitch exactly a year later?"

Gil Imber said...

TMAC, I disagree. I think it is an amateur mentality to listen in on dugout conversations for PROFESSIONAL baseball. So, we can agree to disagree, particularly for "understanding the game", which this is only one minute aspect of and not reflective of anything more than that - a sample size. I'm not sure how one person griping is "chaos", but maybe we need to place a conference call to Dr. Ian Malcolm? Again, we can agree to disagree.

Gil Imber said...

Yeah, you're right. I've warped it over the years. Can't tell you how many times I have uttered that while officiating a game. =)

Gil Imber said...

It pains me to say it, but TMAC is 100% correct. If you let one guy bark, you have to let them all in professional baseball. These players are like 3 year olds, they will push the limit until you make them stop. If you let them bark, you won't be employed for long!

Gil Imber said...

Again, I disagree. I read REFEREE magazine like a lot of well-informed officials. I recall a recent article discussing what the line is that we draw, and whether or not it is efficacious. If someone is barking about a call, who cares? If he is in the dugout, as long as he is not swearing, who cares? Now, we don't know what happened here, but I have seen some umpires purposely listen to conversations in the dugout looking for something. That is pusillanimous. You have to have a longer leash. And in pro sports it IS different. No one is paying money to come see the umpires - other than perhaps a few of us. Most come to see the athletes. We have to do what we can to keep them in the game. And BTW, there are ways to set the tone w/o tossing someone. Look at the manager and put the impetus on him or her first. Then take action. But that is my opinion.

Gil Imber said...

How do you do that without appearing confrontational?


Simple: 1...2...3... Don't run your mouth after that.

Gil Imber said...

The players choose whether they stay in the game or not when they act like children. You want to stay in the game...show respect for the person that can keep you there. It's that simple.

Gil Imber said...

You're allowed to talk of you can do it without being puerile.

Gil Imber said...

Well that settles it. You read Referee magazine.

Work a level anywhere close to MLB then get back with us. Your amateur, fanboy mentality ("No one is paying money to come see the umpires") would get you ran over at that level. No one should have to listen to someone screaming at them either. (Rangers' broadcaster description, not mine)

Sorry, but you just don't get it.

Gil Imber said...

Since when is a player screaming on the top step a "dugout conversation"? You must have a different definition of "conversation" than the rest of us.

Gil Imber said...

Zac, the rod up your ass has a rod up its ass. Seriously, if you can't have a conversation with someone without turning into a sniveling little knave, then don't engage. I won't read another response from you, because if I wanted to see a chlorinated gene pool I'd move to West Virginia.

Gil Imber said...

I agree. But there are some considerations. I won't toss someone just for running his or her mouth. Oh, sorry, as Zac(kass) pointed out above, I only do amateur level, so what the hell do I know? But seriously, at ANY level, I think for each official the leash is determined by age, past history, and a myriad of other factors.

Gil Imber said...

=-)

Gil Imber said...

Again, I agree if someone yells at you "You blew that call!" some umpires might want to take action, but you don't HAVE to. I say (in some cases) let them vent and realize they are acting foolish. And sometimes the manager might intercede for you. Throwing someone out of a game should be a last resort, especially in professional sports. I'm entitled to my opinion, and some umpires DO grant that longer leash, so I am not totally off base (pun intended) here.

Gil Imber said...

To clarify for some of the zackasses, this allusion to REFEREE magazine is only to make a point. It discusses a lot of the shit we discuss here. Not pointing out would be remiss...

Gil Imber said...

What levels do you work, fanboy?

Gil Imber said...

If you believe that collegiate and professional players use the phrase "You blew that call" and leave it at that, you are even more clueless than I thought.

Gil Imber said...

Gee, thanks for the tip, Professor Pedantic. I am filing it in my invisible filing cabinet, in my invisible desk, next to my invisible pile of "Stick it up your ass, numnuts!" bumper stickers. Just curious, how much longer do we want to continue bandying non-apropos bullshit back and forth?

Gil Imber said...

Admins, how do we alleviate situations with online stalkers? Do I need to contact Benson and Stabler????

Gil Imber said...

=-)

Gil Imber said...

Remember this is coming from the "umpire" who claims that a player screaming at you from the top step of the dugout is a "dugout conversation".

Notice that you've yet to respond to anything umpiring-related in this conversation. Sounds like a troll t me.

Gil Imber said...

Zac-Attack, BTW, this ejection happened days ago so I would rather focus on newer ones (you know, since as you point out I am but a Skeletorian novice and not so He-man and expert-like as some of you are!)....Anyway, I gotta run - I gotta go umpire one of those little insignificant non-professional games that mean nothing (as you point out). When I do an MLB game, I will be sure to "get back to you" as you suggest! Do you have an umpiring hotline (or summer clinic) we can call for sagacious input? Please send it to "theonlyjasonwilliams@gmail.com", I don't have time to follow these older case studies anymore.

Gil Imber said...

I'll stop feeding the trolls. Hopefully the rest of you will follow my lead.

Gil Imber said...

The way I learned from Vic Voltaggio and the way I teach it is for the sake of all umpires the ejection is earned and automatic when they get personal or impugn the integrity of an ump. That is very well known at higher levels. Never throw a fan. Everything else is in between and discretionary. Some things have shorter leashes, some people have shorter leashes. Just remember it had better be worth the paperwork.

That's how I learned it , that's how I teach it.

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