Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ejection 024: Sam Holbrook (2)

HP Umpire Sam Holbrook ejected Angels Manager Mike Scioscia for arguing ball calls in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Angels-Twins game. With one out and two on, Twins batter Josh Willingham took a 1-0 fastball from Angels pitcher Emesto Frieri for a called ball two. Replays indicate that the 1-0 pitch was knee high high and off the outside corner of the plate. There were no incorrect callable pitches in the at bat, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Angels were leading, 6-2. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 6-2.

This is Sam Holbrook (34)'s second ejection of 2012.
Sam Holbrook now has 8 points in the UEFL (4 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 8).
(Interim) Crew Chief Sam Holbrook now has 1 point in the Crew Division (0 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 1).

UEFL Standings Update

This is the 24th ejection of 2012.
This is the 16th Manager ejection of 2012.
This is Mike Scioscia's first ejection of 2012.

Wrap: Angels at Twins 5/9/12
Video: Scioscia is tossed from the game by Holbrook after Mauer walks, Willingham takes two balls (12:55)

Pitch f/x courtesy Brooks Baseball
*Note: Brooks Baseball is promoting a Sabermetrics seminar hosted by those at the Jimmy Fund with all the money collected going to cancer research, the link to the seminar can be found here.


Arik said...

Gil and/or Jeremy, since Holbrook is my Primary Umpire do I also get his CC points as well?


Anonymous said...

I know the video is not up yet, but this ejection was utterly ridiculous. tmac gave Conroy the worst ejection of the year. To me this one far exceeds Conroy. I watched the Angels feed and it clearly shows Scioscia saying "where was the pitch?" and immediately getting ejected afterwards. I am sorry but that is not an ejectable question.

Is it just me or has Holbrook become a real hothead with a really short fuse ever since he joined West's crew midway through last season. He did not used to be like this. C'mon Sam, stop it with the rabbit ears. Look at his ejections.

Last season he ejected Eric Wedge, Pat Corrales and Ron Wotus from the dugout and this season he has ejected Omar Vizquel and Mike Scioscia from the dugout. These are all but one of his ejections over the last 2 seasons. He needs to not be sticking his head in the dugout every game.

Jeremy Dircks said...

Hey Arik,

Unfortunately for you, no. CC points are separate from regular umpiring points. You will get the 4 points (correct, Primary ejection), but he would have to be your CC to get the additional one point. Additionally, those who have Joe West as a CC get no points because he wasn't umpiring the game, just like for Rob Drake (1).

tmac said...

@ anon 9:32... Sammy and the Angels dugout were having a battle through the night... while I did not see it the Angels broadcaster did say that sam and mike had an altercation earlier in the game.. if anyone knows when that happened please let us know!! It's entirely possibly sam had cut off communication with the dugout... it's also possible they had asked about a lot of pitches and sam thought they were showing him up.... The video of the 8th inning did not make sam look good you are 100% right.. but i have a feeling there might be more to the story based on a few things i've heard!!

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't Holbrook have 0 previous as crew chief since the other call was incorrect?

Jeremy Dircks said...

Anon, correct. Drake's call was originally ruled correct, but overturned. Therefore, Holbrook's first CC point was no more. He now has one. Thanks.

Arik said...


It is because West encourages his guys to eject and eject often. Why do you think that West's crew is always the one with the most EJs be it right or wrong for a while.

Big Marc said...

Arik, I'd like to hear how you form your opinion. Do you know Joe West? Have you been inside the locker room? If you are correct I sugest you contact MLB and inform them of the information you've discovered. Joe West should not be telling his guys to look for ejections, and I'm sure MLB would like to know.


Sam was standing 50ft away from Mike, how far away were you? And what did you hear? I'm sorry you based your opinion on the TV broadcast, I just reread your post.

Sam Holbrook MLB crew chief VS anonymous poster. I totally disagree with your entire post as I was watching the Twins game live.

If you think for 1 second you can understand what is going on during a MLB game, just by the TV broadcast your more mistaken than your post indicates.

If Sam had told Mike, prior to the ejection, that he had herd enough, then Mike saying, "Where was the pitch"? is enough to get ejected.

Stick to outs / safe's and balls / strikes.
If you try to get into wether an ejection was good or bad, you really must be able to understand what can and would be said during a situation on the field. Your post has all the signs of someone who has zero professional baseball mentality.

Matt said...

Bobby V was whining about the umpiring in Boston's loss last night.
I think Guccione got the no catch call correct, and Nelson was correct to not award Byrd first base. The only complaint Boston maybe had was with the no strike call in the first inning, which surprised me that Nelson didn't ring Butler up, because he is usually thought of as being a pitcher friendly ump. However, if the only truly questionable call was one pitch in the first inning, I think Bobby needs to stop making excuses for his team's terrible start to the season.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately this video does not show the argument leading up to the ejection. If you have MLB.TV I highly suggest watching the Angels broadcast. It perfectly shows Scioscia yelling "where's the pitch" and Holbrook immediatly ejecting him. I don't know if they had had a beef all game, but like tmac said, it really makes Holbrook look pretty bad and like someone way too sensitive.

Junior Hillyman said...

I've been looking for this one. It's sad to know that Angels Manager Mike Scioscia has been ejected for that reason.

Anonymous said...

Sammy may have been quick with this EJ, however, Scioscia has a long reputation of being a huge RAT.... thus, his leash is probably shorter than other MLB Mangers. For those of you have umpired at a higher level, we know there are Managers/Head Coaches that notoriously push the envelope and b/c they abuse that, they don't get the same "courtersy" extended to them as other Mangagers that normally behave in a proper manner. Just my opinion but that is the reality of pro ball

UmpsRule said...

It seems that we've had an above-average amount of dugout tosses so far this year.

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