Here's everything that's wrong with the umpires issuing these stupid "warnings" to both benches. Yankees vs. Tigers tonight with Bonderman pitching and he and the Yanks have a history so the umpires were no doubt told to be on guard. Very first pitch of the game for Bonderman and he hits Gardner on the foot with a ball that dives down and in. Clearly not intentional, but umpire Eric Cooper jumps around trying to get his SportsCenter time and warns both benches, causing both Leyland and Girardi to object. Miguel Cabrera goes on to hit 2 homers and Gaudin winds up plunking him in the 8th, which should clearly be an automatic ejection based on the earlier warning and the suspicion that arises when a guy having a big night gets hit (Gaudin clearly wasn't trying to hit him, just saying he still needs to be ejected based on the situation or the whole "warning" thing is rendered impotent). Well Cooper doesn't eject him and Leyland justifiably goes apeshit and gets ejected himself. Next inning, Enrique Gonzalez throws behind Jeter, the most obvious attempt at trying to bean someone all night, no doubt called by Leyland in the runway. And Cooper...doesn't eject him either. So now Girardi argues and Cooper is just standing there like, "I really fucked this whole game up, we all know it, so I'm just going to do a make-up call here and hope it all goes away". He totally loses control and causes a beanball war all because he gave a stupid warning on the first pitch of the game. And when all is said and done, only Leyland is ejected for arguing that no one was ejected. WTF?!
Last edited on Thu Aug 19th, 2010 06:25 am by srossi
He's a horrible ump and this is the most egregious case of a double warning gone wrong, but how about just fucking getting rid of this horrible rule? It's only about 10 years old. I can't remember all that many beanball wars before MLB decided that they needed to step in for no reason and start warning everyone on every inside pitch. If the ump thinks it's flagrant, eject the pitcher who actually threw the pitch. If not, don't. No reason to start warning everyone. That just punishes the team that was thrown at because now none of their pitchers can come inside. Unless, of course, the umpire is Eric Cooper and then everyone can go headhunting and still not be ejected because the warning is just lip service. Just ridiculous. Not sure why MLB feels the need to crack down on bullshit that's never been in an issue in over 100 years, but they cna't make sure that batters get back in the box in under 10 minutes between pitches.