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Well, that’s certainly unusual

August 9, 2009

Florida Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Box Score – August 09, 2009 – ESPN

“PHILLIES CENTERFIELDER SHANE VICTORINO WAS EJECTED BY HOME PLATE UMPIRE ED RAPUANO IN THE TOP OF THE SEVENTH INNING FOR ARGUING BALLS AND STRIKES.”

Okay, it doesn’t sound that unusual. But if you look more closely, you’ll notice that this is a Philadelphia home game and that it was the top of the inning, so Victorino was being a centerfielder, and not a hitter. Rapuano ejected Victorino when he was standing 300 feet away. With an umpire between them. A commenter at BTF says that Victorino was thrown out for raising his arms. I have to see footage of this, but that sure sounds like an overreaction to me.

Arguing from Centerfield : baseballmusings.com

David Pinto says that’s just what happened. Sheesh. Also, it in effect put the game out of reach, as Jayson Werth screwed up in Victorino’s place.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Grst permalink
    August 9, 2009 9:15 pm

    Utterly ridiculous.

  2. Grum permalink
    August 10, 2009 4:24 am

    While it’s a ridiculous call by Rapuano, I will give him credit for walking away from Victorino when he went nuts and started yelling/pushing. Other umps would be yelling right back, but Rapuano simply turned and walked away.

    TERRIBLE call, but at least he didn’t compound it by trying to turn it into a bigger spectacle.

  3. Freddie permalink
    August 15, 2009 2:47 am

    It was a good thing he wasn’t umping the Cubs game where the “fan” threw beer on Victorino – he would have thrown Victorino out for drinking on the job. Rapuano threw Victorino out on purpose because he was the only one of the Phillies hitting consistently and the Marlins couldn’t break the game open till then. He pretty much was on the take.

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