Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Justin Turner Bumps Umpire Rob Drake at Game's End

A non-ejection incident occurred following the final out of San Diego's victory over Los Angeles as Dodgers 3B Justin Turner bumped HP Umpire Rob Drake while arguing a strike three call to end the game; Turner was not ejected, but a report for the incident is indicated here pursuant to UEFL Rule 8-2 governing Odds & Ends, unofficial ejections, and similar unsportsmanlike incidents.

Gil's Call: Turner's contact with Drake appeared to occur as he leaned in as one would to hear what another person is saying in a loud environment. It doesn't look to follow the pattern of a player who deliberately charges into an umpire, but contact nonetheless does occur during a balls/strikes dispute situation, which by its definition makes it unsporting, whether intentional or not. Turner's pursuit of Drake following the shoulder/chest contact serves as an aggravating circumstance.

Turner pursues Drake after the initial contact.
Turner took a 1-2 fastball from Padres pitcher Kirby Yates for a called third strike to seal San Diego's win over LA. Replays indicate the final pitch of the game was located over the outer half of home plate and above the hollow of the knee (px 0.57, pz 1.79 [sz_bot 1.73]).

Apparently unaware he had struck out to end the game, Turner pursued Drake and appeared to make contact with the umpire as he argued the call, with Crew Chief Tim Timmons briefly stepping in front of Turner and Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts, which slowed but did not stop Turner's advance as Drake exited the field. The Padres won the contest, 4-3.

Video as follows:

Alternate Link: Turner tumbles into Drake during heated postgame argument (SD/LAD)


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