Sunday, July 7, 2013

MLB Ejection 090: Doug Eddings (1; B.J. Upton)

HP Umpire Doug Eddings ejected Braves CF B.J. Upton for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 5th inning of the Braves-Phillies game. With none out and two on, Upton took a 1-2 changeup from Phillies pitcher Jonathan Pettibone for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located thigh high and over the
Upton & Fredi Gonzalez confront Ump Eddings.
outer half of home plate (px 0.660) and that all pitches during the at bat were properly officiated (the strike one pitch, px 0.156), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Phillies were leading, 4-0. The Phillies ultimately won the contest, 7-3.

This is Doug Eddings (88)'s 1st ejection of 2013.
Doug Eddings now has 4 points in the UEFL (2 MLB + 2 Y = 4).
Crew Chief Dana DeMuth now has 5 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (4 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 5).

This is the 90th ejection of 2013.
This is the 40th player ejection of 2013. Prior to his ejection, Upton was 0-2 in the contest.
This is the Braves' 5th ejection of 2013, 1st in the NL East (ATL 5; NYM 4; MIA PHI, WAS 2).
This is B.J. Upton's 2nd ejection of 2013 and first since April 19, 2013 (Sam Holbrook; QOC = Y).
This is Doug Eddings' first ejection since June 8, 2012 (Kevin Youkilis; QOC = Y).

Wrap: Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 7/7/13
Video: After being called out on strikes with RISP, Upton yells and gets tossed from the dugout (ATL)

39 comments :

Gil Imber said...

In half a season, BlowJob has become my least favorite Atlanta Brave in 20+ years of fandom.

BJ said something about the first pitch, as well - it appeared to be right down the middle. This guy is awful.

Gil Imber said...

Certainly the pitch argued is a strike. But Eddings zone seems to grow every year and every game. His lat plate job was in Boston for the Padres-Red Sox series and he was calling anything close a strike especially low and outside to left-handed hitters.

Gil Imber said...

I have to agree...I've been a Braves' fan for 25 years and I can't remember a single player in that time who had such a consistently bad attitude on the field.



John Rocker had a horrible attitude off the field, but Brave's management nipped that in the bud.



They typically are very good at harboring an atmosphere of respect for everyone...except for Eric Gregg and an on-going feud with Angel H.

Gil Imber said...

And Bill Hohn. His ejection of McCann & Bobby Cox in Florida was highly amusing.

Gil Imber said...

He is a bit inconsistent... he had a game a few weeks ago with the Mets where he had a very small strike zone, especially not calling the pitches at the knees

Gil Imber said...

I'm a Braves fan, and I wholeheartedly agree with the general statement, but is "BlowJob" the best you could come up with?



If so, you should probably just sit the next one out.

Gil Imber said...

Sorry he meant Back Judge

Gil Imber said...

Have yet to see the replay, but the original called strike looks good on the plot. And with two strikes, the called third strike looks even better on the plot. Yes, Eddings was a bit inconsistent to right-handed batters on the inside corner. But a lot of those controversial pitches were further in than the one that Upton received.

Went to Nationals Park today. From the naked eye, Quinn Wolcott had a solid plate job. Went back and looked at the PitchFX and I have [granted my poor eyesight] QW at 94.4% accuracy on callable pitches this afternoon [46/51 strikes, 107/111 balls]. Solid day.

Gil Imber said...

How about "Busted Jalopy" or "Batting Jester" to display what a CAREER DISAPPOINTMENT he has been for his team, his fans, and his fantasy owners. =)

Gil Imber said...

And O'Flaherty, Chipper, and Cox on another occasion after blowing a strike 3 call in Boston (and costing the Braves the game). Of course, this is the same umpire (equipped with porn moustache) who fist-bumped an opposing catcher (Marlins) at the denouement of a game...

Gil Imber said...

He's more consistent than "The Lesser" Upton is....What a disappointment and waste of potential talent.

Gil Imber said...

Joe Simpson quote of the day, "Doug Eddings does not take anything off anybody." No kidding!!!! None of them should.

Gil Imber said...

I hope Freddie went out there to thank Doug for kicking that loser out of the game. I kind of wish BJ would have bumped him when he came back out so that we could have at least a couple of games without having to watch that piece of crap strikeout 4 times a game.

Gil Imber said...

If I was hitting under .200, I would want to umpire also.
Notice Medlen when Upton comes back out. He tries to hold Upton back but when Upton gets by him, Medlen waves his hand as if to say, go ahead, I tried to stop you, you are on your own. Classic.

Gil Imber said...

My respect for Kris Medlen just increased. I hope he starts pitching better.

Gil Imber said...

I love that Medlen tries to hold Upton back, Upton is a jerk about it and then Medlen does the "go right ahead"?

Gil Imber said...

Yeah, the fist bump occurred the night he tossed McCann and Bobby. Hohn was terrible that night and the ill will carried over from the month earlier in Boston (never seen Chipper so incensed). Hohn disappeared for about a month after the fist bump.

But Doug Eddings has a history with the Braves as well, which started the night he baited Johnny Estrada and tossed seemingly everyone in sight, including Mike Hampton, who was on the DL.

Gil Imber said...

I'll have to look it up to recall some of the particulars but there was an afternoon game in AZ during Bobby's last season where Angel had the plate and I was shocked that Bobby made it to the end of the game; or the D'backs manager for that matter (this was before Gibby I believe). Angel's zone that day was basically a 6 ft long 2x4...that moved. And the game crawled because of it. I think it eventually took around 4 hours to complete.

Gil Imber said...

"Big Jackass" would suffice, I suppose.

Gil Imber said...

how many career ejections is this for Upton? It seems like his name is here a LOT.

Gil Imber said...

BJ Upton is now up to 7 career ejections since his 45-game debut in 2004 (Ejection #1 was by Jim Reynolds on 8/29/04 for a third strike).

Brother Justin has two (Knight 9/4/11 and Marquez 8/8/12).

Gil Imber said...

wow it seems like he would have a few more than that. I guess its because he always goes off when he gets ejected. He never simply gets tossed

Gil Imber said...

Who is the active leader among players? 7 in less than nine full seasons seems like that would put him right up there.

Gil Imber said...

I don't remember that one....Will have to look it up. Mike Hampton...What a disappointment (after winning 20 games one season).

Gil Imber said...

"Quinn Wolcott had a solid plate job"
That's 2 for 2 - seems like a great young umpire and look forward to watching him work more...especially on the plate

Gil Imber said...

what a chicken-s$#*!. Gets run watching the ball then thinks he should jaw at the ump from the dugout? Absolutely needed to be tossed here. Play ball and leave the umping to those much more qualified. Once he came back out, I think MLB needs to suspend him--he doesn't get to "get his money's worth" after getting tossed--he chose not to take advantage of that opportunity when he cowered behind the dugout fence.


I'd also support a hefty fine for Gonzalez for losing control of the dugout and allowing the player back on the field after getting tossed. What a waste of two minutes.

Gil Imber said...

http://www.angrydingo.com/files/EstradaCoxHamptonGetsThrownOut.php

Here's the video. I wish it was longer because you don't get to see Hampton's ejection but I distinctly remember him continuing to yell at Eddings after he had already tossed Estrada and Bobby. He served a suspension after he came off the DL.

You can tell in the video that there's a conversation going on between Estrada and Eddings because Paul Lo Duca steps out of the box momentarily before the fireworks started. Looking up old articles (this happened in 2005) revealed that Estrada had his suspension reduced from 3 games to 2, and his fine was reduced also. Don't know if anything ever happened to Eddings for this but it was an obvious bait job and Estrada said at the time that it all started the previous season in Milwaukee when Ben Sheets struck out 18 with Eddings behind the plate.


Eddings also tossed Chipper out of a game in 2010 when he was on the DL.

Gil Imber said...

"Play ball and leave the umping to those much more qualified"
Not sure Eddings is that much more qualified - lol

Gil Imber said...

Gerry Davis must not have a passport or something because he did not travel with Iassogna, Knight and Carlson to Toronto over the weekend. Emmel filled in and Davis joined Darling, Meals in Conroy in New York.

Gil Imber said...

Maybe he has a DUI on his record, which is a felony in Canada? Who knows!?!

Gil Imber said...

I believe Hal Gibson III is making his umpiring debut as second tonight for the Dodgers and Diamondbacks series in Arizona.

Gil Imber said...

More likely MLB wanted to strengthen Darling's crew. Big series to have a rookie plus two of the weaker umpires.

Gil Imber said...

Is Tripp Gibson still umpiring in AAA?

Gil Imber said...

He's the 2B umpire in Arizona tonight.

Plenty of AAA umpires up tonight: Cory Blaser (2B) in Seattle; Will Little (2B) in Chicago; Mike Estabrook (3B) in Tampa Bay; Quinn Wolcott (3B) in Milwaukee; Adam Hamari (HP) in San Francisco. Saw some things that I liked from Hamari tonight. He was in excellent position on the rotation on the Eric Young triple [hustle]; he rang Quintanilla up on a pitch that may have been up, and handled Terry Collins in a non-confrontational manner.

Gil Imber said...

I agree with you about Hamari, though his strike zone has been questionable at times

Gil Imber said...

Completely agree. He's been up, down, and out. Just all over the place. Could have tossed Collins and Byrd, but chose not to. That's a good sign.

Gil Imber said...

Overall leader is Jerry Hairston Jr with 10 since 7/7/2001 (Rich Rieker). Hairston Jr debuted in 1998.

With 8: Lance Berkman since his first on 5/8/2002 (Larry Vanover). Berkman debuted in 1999.

In terms of rate ("quickest to X"), Ian Kinsler has 7 ejections since 4/29/2008 (Bill Welke). Kinsler debuted in 2006.

A sampling with 7:
Yorvit Torrealba (first was 7/16/2005 c/o Adam Dowdy).
AJ Pierzynski (first in 2004 c/o Barksdale).
Manny Ramirez [if he does come back] (first was 5/22/1999 c/o Chuck Meriwether).

Gerald Laird is now up to 6 since 8/31/2008 (Bill Hohn).

Too bad Milton Bradley is no longer "active" -- he had 19 from 4/16/2001 (Terry Craft) through 5/6/2011 (Mike Muchlinski). That's more than some umpires have had over that same stretch, including Jeff Kellogg (14), Tim Welke (14), Gerry Davis (18) and tied with Gary Cederstrom (19).

On the other hand, many players are tied for "best behavior" with zero ejections with the lengthiest string of no ejections going to Mariano Rivera (none since 1995).

Gil Imber said...

Good stuff. Do you get this from Elias or somewhere, or are you cobbling this together from your own sources? Either way, I love stuff like this.

Gil Imber said...

I largely compile and store all of this data. For select summary stats (e.g., Bill Klem's career ejection total broken down by year, etc.), I consult Retrosheet.

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