Friday, August 19, 2011

Ejections: Ted Barrett (2)

1B Umpire Ted Barrett ejected Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp for arguing a check swing call in the top of the 9th inning of the Dodgers-Rockies game. With one out and none on, Kemp attempted to check his swing on a 2-2 changeup from Rockies pitcher Josh Roenicke for strike three. Replays indicate that Kemp failed to check his swing and attempted to swing, the call was correct. *The call is now incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Dodgers were leading, 8-2. The Dodgers ultimately won the contest, 8-2.

This is Ted Barrett (65)'s second ejection of 2011.
Ted Barrett now has 1 point in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (3 Previous + 2 MLB + -4 Incorrect Call = 1).
Ted Barrett was undrafted in 2011.
*Quality of Correctness was challenged and overturned ("Correct" ==> "Incorrect").

This is the 163rd ejection of 2011.
This is the 77th player ejection of 2011.
This is Matt Kemp's third ejection of 2011, leading in player ejections.
Prior to his ejection, Kemp was 1-5 in the contest.

Wrap: Dodgers at Rockies 8/19/11 Wrap
Video: Barrett Ejects Kemp in the 9th


tmac said...

I love you guys!! Not a swing... But as we all know in the UEFL all check swings are correct! Recently i saw an idea of a UEFL supreme court.... I'm not sure that will help but this is not a swing IMO.

That being said Matt Kemp disputing a call when his team is up 8-2 in the 9th should give you an idea what type of guy he is.

Anonymous said...

Kemp was being an idiot about the situation.

Cricket said...

I do not think that was a legitimate attempt to strike the ball.

But as tmac're up by 6 in the 9th. Get over it.

Pete said...

Appears to check the swing in time. Perhaps he was muttering and causing a scene in the dugout. For Ted to give a long distance heave-ho Kemp must have used the magic words.

Bugs said...

Barrett is 20ft behind 1st base + 90ft from 1st to home + another roughly 20ft from home to the dugout. Barrett ejects Kemp for doing something he thought challenged his authoritah, from 130ft away.

Amazing display of auditory athleticism. I submit that Barrett wins the "Rabbit Ears" Play-of-the-Week.

Anonymous said...

Not that it serves any purpose since everything on here is a swing, but.. CHALLENGE.

Not a swing.

OSheaman said...

That's a failure to check his swing? Looks like a pretty successful check to me.

Anonymous said...

If he would of hit it, it would have been a home run.

Lindsay said...

This ruling has been challenged and is under review.

Dan said...

Ted Barrett is a good umpire, but he missed that one.

I think that was "8-2 game in the 9th inning, and I want to go home" call.

Bill said...

LOL,'re a funny guy. So whatever Kemp was yelling from the dugout left his mouth, travelled to homeplate, made a left turn up the first baseline, and then reached Barrett? Or do you think perhaps it travelled across the field, audible to each player and umpire in between? Therein lies the problem...telling him he is equine defecation in a one on one coversation is one thing, and shouting it for all to hear is quite another, and certainly ejection worthy.

Unless, you're right and Kemp has truly discovered a way to make his words turn at left and right angles, only reaching the ears of his intended target.

Anonymous said...

I love the people that come on here and say "oh come on rabbit! How can you throw somebody out from across the field??? We're not here to see you." People...please get a clue!! Every person in the infield and in both dugouts and hear him screaming and see him gesturing. If you ignore it and let him say/do whatever he wants, you're losing credibility for yourself and your crew.

highschoolump said...

How many times this year has Kemp been ejected from the dugout? While I certainly agree this was long distance with Kemp's past ejections this seems to indicate that he is certainly capable of being heard from the dugout without umpires having to have rabbit ears to hear him.

Lindsay said...

[Standby for today's ejections (Porter-Leyland, Knight-Hurdle, Davidson-Speiers... coming later tonight]

Bugs said...

"you're losing credibility for yourself and your crew."

I hate to be the one to break the news to you, but no one gives a rip about the umpire's precious little ego. And by "no one," I am referring to anyone outside umpire apologists.

When I started umpiring many years ago, I started watching Doug Harvey's training tapes on VHS (yes, it was that long ago). Harvey had much to say about dealing with upset players and managers. Some of the best advice he gave dealt with yelling from the dugout. He said something along the lines of "don't go looking for trouble in the dugout; you'll find plenty of it on the field."

Good advice, IMO.

The game of baseball is not about the umpire's feelings, but one would not know this by watching MLB games. With a few notable exceptions (Jim Joyce, for example), MLB umpires have become thin-skinned and confrontational. Any perceived slight is going to draw an ejection.

Of course, the justification for the contempt-of-umpire ejection is always "credibility." That's simply a crock. Harvey managed to have credibility, yet never stuck his head in the dugout looking for trouble. Same with Joyce and others. Have you ever considered the possibility that the reason they had credibility is because they *didn't/don't* put on displays like Hall Monitor Barrett did with Kemp?

Lindsay said...

This ruling has been challenged.

After review, the original Quality of Correctness has been overturned. The call is now incorrect.

After review, including examination of the real-time play, replays, and alternate angles, the decision of overturning the original Quality of Correctness was made. Replays angles, including replays not shown as part of the linked video, conclusively show the batter was successful in attempting to check his swing.


Sean said...

I agree with Bugs about don't go looking for trouble in the dugout but if you look at the track record of Barrett, you'll find that he is hardly one to be called "rabbit-eared." He ejects players as often as Ozzie Smith used to hit HRs.

tmac said...


Well done!! Way to prove you have no ego!

Anonymous said...

Again, these dugout ejections have no place here. I think any dugout ejection should be incorrect.

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