Friday, September 9, 2011

Ejections: Mark Carlson (2, 3)

HP Umpire Mark Carlson ejected Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez and Manager Jim Tracy for arguing balls and strikes in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Reds-Rockies game.* With one out and one on, Gonzalez took two called strikes from Reds pitcher Homer Bailey before striking out on a swinging third strike. Replays indicate all pitches to Gonzalez were correctly ruled, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Rockies were leading, 1-0. The Reds ultimately won the contest, 4-1.

These are Mark Carlson (48)'s second and third ejections of 2011.
Mark Carlson now has 12 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (4 Previous + 2*[2 MLB + 2 Correct Call] = 12).
Mark Carlson is owned as a Secondary Umpire by clement30, who is now in 20th place in the UEFL with 14 points.

These are the 186th and 187th ejections of 2011.
This is the 90th Manager ejection of 2011.
This is the 84th player ejection of 2011.
Prior to his ejection, Gonzalez was 0-3 in the contest.
This is Tracy's fourth ejection of 2011.
This is Gonzalez' first career ejection.
*Though the roster that appears in the box score lists Gonzalez as RF, the Ejections: line lists him as LF.


Anonymous said...

Great calls by Carlson. Watching on with the "Park" audio option, you could hear some f*bombs coming from the Rockies dugout after Gonzalez returned following the strike out. Next, Mark calls time, points, and throws him out. Tracy continues with the cussing and is thrown out after an animated and exaggerated display, does the hands spread out bit, the one then two fingers in the air bit, etc.

What gets me is the Rockies announcers show the replay from the ground level side view, you clearly see pitch #4 above Gonzalez' knees, and the announcer still says Carlson got it wrong. Rockies broadcast team didn't make that best broadcasters poll earlier this season, right? All I remember was Vin Scully won by a landslide.

Big Marc said...

Wow, Tracy was mad. He must know he will soon be fired. I thought Mark was unbelievably professional. Maybe that's what made Tracy so mad, maybe he wanted to get Mark's goat, and Mark wouldn't fall for it.
If Joe Torre has any balls, he should fine Tracy.
After Tracy goes in the club house, and see's the chart, he's going to feel like an idiot. Or did he get that mad about Gonzalez getting run?
Still, Mark didn't deserve that, and he acted like a true pro.

Anonymous said...

Good job by Mark Carlson, even though some will look on this as "Rabbit Ears" when a player is loudly creating a scene and cursing out at you you have to run them. You lose control over the game if you let that take place. After the pitch that Gonzalez was upset about, I believe it was the 2-1 pitch, Jim Tracy was barking from the dugout already, and Carlson showed great restraint not to throw him out right then and there. Overall, Carlson's professional work made Tracy and Carlos Gonzalez look bad, not him.
The other argument will be that you have to keep players in the games down the stretch, and indeed we have seen fewer ejections lately. But, this doesn't mean that a player has the free-will to get all over an umpire, especially balls and strikes. CarGo clearly showed up Carlson after that 2-1 pitch, and absolutely should have been tossed. Then, well, we all know the story of Tracy, and obviously he should have been run sooner than he was.
By the way, I would also like to add that I feel this is one of the best if not the best crews in baseball. Jeff Kellogg, the crew chief, has been a great dedicated umpire for a very long time. Eric Cooper is also a great umpire, and I believe that Tim Timmons is as well, as was evidenced by his handling of the Zambrano ejection. Carlson consistently does a great job, and never has too many beefs. I believe without looking to confirm this that there have been a total of 6 ejections from that crew this year (Cooper: 1, Timmons: 2, Carlson: 4) This is way down for Cooper and Timmons, who have had high ejection totals the past two years. I hope the MLB finds spots in the playoffs for all four crew members of this crew, as in my opinion they are very deserving.

Jon Terry said...

Anonymous said...

Got to watch this crew work a series in KC this year. The were, collectively, the best crew I've had the privilege of watching in years.

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