Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ejections: Bob Davidson (8)

HP Umpire Bob Davidson ejected Reds Bench Coach Chris Speier for arguing a strike three swinging call in the top of the 8th inning of the Reds-Pirates game. With two out and none on, Reds batter Jay Bruce attempted to check his swing on a 1-2 curveball from Pirates pitcher Jose Veras for a called third strike swinging. Replays indicate Bruce was not successful in checking his swing, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Pirates were leading, 4-3. The Reds ultimately won the contest, 5-4.

This is Bob Davidson (6)'s eighth ejection of 2011.
Bob Davidson now has 14 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (10 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 14)
Bob Davidson is owned as a Primary Umpire by BGMTOM, who is now tied for 9th place in the UEFL with 18 points.
Bob Davidson is owned as a Primary Umpire by Bino, who is now tied for 11th place in the UEFL with 17 points.
Bob Davidson is owned as a Secondary Umpire by BrooklynUmp, who is now tied for 19th place in the UEFL with 10 points.
*Broadcast angles not shown in the linked video were used to determine this QOC.

This is the 166th ejection of 2011.
This is the Cincinnati Reds' first ejection of 2011. The Reds were the last MLB team with zero ejections.
More ejections have occurred on Sunday than on any other day of the week (46 thus far).
Bob Davidson now trails ejections leader Rob Drake by one. Drake has nine ejections.

Wrap: Reds at Pirates 8/21/11
Video: Speier is thrown out in the middle of the 8th inning for arguing the strikeout and check swing call


OSheaman said...

Interesting that the announcers call it a bad call but they don't bother to show a replay of the swing.

Anonymous said...

the announcers didn't say it was a bad call, they said throwing out the bench coach from the dugout was a bad call

AERAdmin said...

I like how the announcers at the end are asking why Speier's not allowed to argue that call...

I'm guessing they've never heard of this thing called the "rule book".

Jon Terry said...

The announcers said that Davidson should have gotten help. They only say that when they disagree with the call.

I always like how Davidson signals checked-swing strikes. A point, a going-around motion, and then the punch out.

Once again, if Speier didn't want to be heard, he wouldn't have been. He made absolutely sure that Davidson heard him, and you can bet he earned that EJ.

Anonymous said...

With 8 ejections, I suppose you're bound to get one right every once in a while.

Anonymous said...

Just another day at the yard for Bob!

Bill said...

Apparently Bob doesn't follow this site, because, according to "Bugs", umpires should never eject players and coaches from the dugout.

Apparently, per Bugs, the dugout is a sanctuary, and veritable free fire zone from which abuse can be heaped upon the game officials without penalty or retribution.

See the Ted Barrett thread from a couple of days ago for more details.

Anonymous said...

Jon, that doesn't mean they're wrong. And regardless of his swinging strike mechanic, Bob Davidson is a disgrace to the umpiring profession and the game of baseball.

Anonymous said...

"Bob Davidson is a disgrace to the umpiring profession and the game of baseball."

You sir have shown zero insight into this discussion. I do not need your personal opinion of Mr.Davidson. Your comment should never have been approved, and it should be deleted. It is your comment that is disgraceful.

I would like to add that the new poster "Bugs" is a great addition to this site. I think I know who Bugs is, and he's an ex-pro, and I'm pretty sure he ran his own umpire school in Florida in the early 1990's.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, and I can't believe no one has pointed this out:

Ted was at 1st. His normal look was at the batter, and directly behind where Ted was looking was the dugout in question. I really think it would be impossible for Barrett to pretend he couldn't see what was happening in the dugout. If Ted was at 2nd, I would have to think it would be easier for him to look the other way, literally!!

@Bill- I don't think bugs was saying the players can say or do whatever they want from the dugout. I think bugs was saying what was done was in the grey area on this particular play.

But my god bugs, if Kemp waived his arms for the 3rd time, and Ted saw it, that's enough to get run. Plus, if a pitch has been thrown to the next batter and Kemp is still yelling and staring at Barrett, he wanted to go.

Bugs said...

No sooner than I nominate Ted Barrett for the Rabbitt-Ears-Play-of-the-Week, a new contender arrives. I'm afraid Bob Davidson is now in the lead.

And this from Bill: "Apparently Bob doesn't follow this site, because, according to "Bugs", umpires should never eject players and coaches from the dugout."

Bill, you want to disagree with me, cool. However, I do ask that you not falsely misrepresent my statements. I recounted the priceless advice I heard Doug Harvey give about sticking one's head in the dugout. I did not state that it was a free-fire zone, or that an umpire should *never* eject a player from the dugout.

Bill said...

Fair enough, Bugs...we will agree to disagree on this one. While I may have embellished your statements, it was my take on your position based on comments like "rabbit ears" and "hall monitor".

How many have I dumped from the dugout in 35 years? One. He did not wave at me with all his fingers, just one.

Dave D said...


Good to see you on the boards.

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