Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Umpires Restrain Sparring Yanks' Girardi, Oriole Showalter

Umpires had to restrain Yankees Manager Joe Girardi and Baltimore's Buck Showalter after the two entered into a shouting match across the diamond at Camden Yards. After the conclusion of the 1st inning of Monday's Yankees-Orioles game, Girardi and Showalter  exited their respective dugouts, drawing a bench
Ed Hickox wrangles BAL's Buck Showalter as
Jim Wolf restrains NYY's Joe Girardi.
clearing incident in which no punches were thrown.

Replays indicate HP Umpire Ed Hickox placed both arms around Showalter and 3B Umpire Jim Wolf restrained Girardi as 1B Umpire and crew chief Jim Joyce stepped in the middle to address the managers. Umpires convened and discussed the incident with both managers, opting not to warn or eject. Neither before nor after the bench-clearing event did the game experience a hit-by-pitch or other overtly or potentially unsportsmanlike act. At the time of the incident, the contest was tied, 1-1. The Orioles ultimately won the contest, 4-2.

After the game, Girardi alluded to accusations that Orioles 3B Coach Bobby Dickerson was stealing signs or otherwise attempting to communicate pitch location information to Oriole batters while Showalter stated he was upset that Girardi addressed his third base coach in such an aggressive and/or accusatory manner.

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles, 9/9/13
Video: Girardi's address of Orioles 3B Coach Bobby Dickerson draws ire from skipper Showalter (BAL)
Video: Showalter and Girardi yell at each other across field, intercepted and restrained by umpires (Must C)
Video: Girardi and Showalter comment on the on-field incident during post-game press conferences (MLB)
Video: MLB Network analyzes the fiery bench clearance, concluding pitch tipping was unlikely (MLBN)

17 comments :

Gil Imber said...

I seriously cannot stand Giradi he has double standard as a manager. There one thing protecting your players but there another barking at someone else.

Gil Imber said...

I had a situation sort of like this in one of my games this year. The home coach thought the visiting first base coach was getting too far down in the coaching box and was stealing pitch signs. Of course, this field didn't have boxes painted so it was a guessing game as to where that box was supposed to be.


Sign-stealing is something that happens. It may be in a bit of a gray area in regards to sportsmanship, but it's not against any rules.


Also, the second video link goes to something totally unrelated.

Gil Imber said...

How is this showwalter fault Graidi needs to keep his mouth shut. Now what do you umpire under? I know under babe ruth rules you can allow the maangers/coachs out of the box in else the other one complains than you keep both of them in the coach's box throught the game.

Gil Imber said...

Showalter instigated the incident by coming out on the field in an aggresive manner. Don't assume I'm defending Girardi's actions, because I'm not, but if Showalter doesn't come onto the field this doesn't happen.


This particular league runs under OBR, with PONY modifications, and then league rules on top of that. Under normal circumstances we wouldn't enforce coaches boxes unless it becomes a problem, and we tried to do so here, but it's hard to do that when you don't have boxes on the field.

Gil Imber said...

Give credit to Jim Joyce and this crew for sorting this out. It could have been a disaster like what happened with Showalter when he was with the yankees and Tony La Russa when he was with the A's back in 1992.

Gil Imber said...

Joe girardi is such a bafoon.

Gil Imber said...

Well i can understand its hard to keep coach in a box when there no lines. as for showalter was to me protecting his players i rather see him protect his player than to shit there and deal with a big mouth. I wouldn't mind Girardi if he wasn't so much of a double standard hypocrite. We pretty much have little league and cal-ripken here. I am sure there may be a pony leauge somewhere though but not as big as others. I don't think your protecting or defending joe.

Gil Imber said...

In case anybody did not notice - the umpires are now wearing an FP patch in memory of Frank Pulli.

Gil Imber said...

I guess it's ok for an umpire to physically restrain a manager when he is going after the opposing manager, but he's not allowed to touch him if he is going after your partner. I remember Joe West trying to protect his partner by physically restraining Francona and this board blew up, calling for Joe's head. Nice double standard!

Gil Imber said...

Bill Miller just ejected Ron Gardenhire in what has to be one of the worst botched umpiring situations I've ever seen.

Gil Imber said...

what happened?

Gil Imber said...

Bases loaded. Shot down the line lands on the chalk but U1 doesn't see it cause he's jumping out of the way. U1 calls ball foul. Melvin comes out to argue and Miller confers with the rest of the crew.
They change the foul ball to fair and award the A's with a double and score 2 runs.
Gardy comes out and gets dumped.

Gil Imber said...

Yikes you are not kidding. How can you overrule a foul ball?

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=30529091&query=Jed%2BLowrie

Gil Imber said...

I saw the video, but it did not show miller eject Gardy.

Gil Imber said...

If you don't know, keep the ball live. You can make a fair ball foul a lot easier than making a foul ball fair. Maybe he called it foul because he already had his hands up in the air from trying to dodge it and figured everyone else had already seen that.

Gil Imber said...

Rules question on Wednesday's Yankees-Orioles game. In the top of the ninth with two outs and a runner on first, with strikes Brendan Ryan swung and missed at a pitch that subsequently hit him on the foot and the catcher didn't catch it. Ryan hustled to first and made it safely. The umpires then huddled and called him out. Why is that? I thought a runner can run on an uncaught third strike with two outs even with a runner on first?

Gil Imber said...

When a batter swings at a pitch, it is a strike. If a batter swings at a pitch, misses and the batter is touched by the pitch, it is a strike and a dead ball. Specifically, the batter is out when "he attempts to hit a third strike and the ball touches him" (Rule 2.00 [Strike(e)], Rule 6.05(f))

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