Recall that on Thursday, plate umpire David Rackley ejected Dodgers CF Joc Pederson for throwing his equipment at home plate after a swinging strikeout.
With both the Pederson and Encarnacion plays involving thrown lumber in seeming protest of an umpire's call, the question becomes why the former received an ejection while the latter did not.
Replays of Encarnacion's reaction to Barksdale's call indicate clear frustration and disagreement with the ruling, as Encarnacion jumped and threw his arms up in protest, before hurling his bat in a reckless manner, where it nearly struck plate umpire Hernandez. There is little doubt that Encarnacion's actions were in response to Barksdale's call, though the tempered immediacy of Encarnacion's response prevented it from entering "histrionic gesture" territory.
|Pederson throws two items.|
Encarnacion's actions were immediate and in response to the call directly preceding them. Heat-of-the-moment considerations were not applied to Pederson, since a full pitch transpired between the call-under-dispute and the unsporting act.
Throwing Equipment: Equipment Violation Fine vs. Ejection and Removal from the Game
|Violation or Ejection? Depends on severity.|
MLBUM/PBUC text for Standards for Removal, Throwing Equipment:
Throwing equipment in disgust over an umpire’s call may be grounds for ejection. If the umpire deems the action severe, the umpire may eject the offender. If league regulations permit, the umpire may instead warn the offender by issuing an equipment violation. If issued, the offender is to be notified immediately.Pederson had already enjoyed a longer leash and protest window after called strikes one and two—the actual calls he disagreed with: continuing the argument by throwing his equipment after strike three was overkill.
|Reyes' bat toss was OK; his helmet wasn't.|
Accordingly, Pederson's more severe throwing-two-pieces-of-equipment-in-disgust action merited the more severe penalty of ejection, while Encarnacion's strong-yet-confined "heat of the moment" response was significant enough for an equipment violation (warning), but not severe enough for outright ejection.
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Alternate Link: After check swing strikeout, Encarnacion's bat toss nearly hits the umpire (ARI)