|Cooper chastises Burnett for arguing the zone.|
Meanwhile, 3B Umpire and crew chief Jeff Kellogg walked toward the pitcher's mound before being waved away by Burnett, who met with Martin halfway toward home plate.
Bad title puns notwithstanding, Rule 9.05's General Instructions to Umpires contains the following instruction:
You are the only official representative of baseball on the ball field. It is often a trying position which requires the exercise of much patience and good judgment, but do not forget that the first essential in working out of a bad situation is to keep your own temper and self-control.Also relevant are rules 9.01(d) and 9.02(a) Comment, regarding disqualification and ejection for arguing:
9.01(d) Each umpire has authority to disqualify any player, coach, manager or substitute for objecting to decisions or for unsportsmanlike conduct or language, and to eject such disqualified person from the playing field.
9.02(a) Comment: Players leaving their position in the field or on base, or managers or coaches leaving the bench or coaches box, to argue on BALLS AND STRIKES will not be permitted. They should be warned if they start for the plate to protest the call. If they continue, they will be ejected from the game.PBUC/MiLB has also adopted "use of histrionic gestures...toward an umpire" as grounds for ejection, as are actions by team personnel "specifically intended to ridicule an umpire."
Video: Burnett shows displeasure at first pitch ball call; Cooper shows displeasure of Burnett's actions (PIT)
Video: A compilation of the odd inning, including an incorrectly ruled dropped swinging third strike (PIT)