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August 9, 2009 – Hinch earns first ejection
Animated Hinch tossed in D-backs loss (Video)

Jerry “Mass Resignations” Crawford apparently blew a call Friday night. Hey, it happens, and it was a bang-bang play. What shouldn’t happen is what happened afterwards, as Crawford very quickly tossed a rightfully upset A.J. Hinch (I still can’t believe A.J. Hinch is a manager) and then started yelling back at Hinch. Show a little professionalism, dude. Crawford turns 62 years old next week, and is one of the most senior umpires in baseball, and he was acting like a kindergardner.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2009 1:34 pm

    If Crawford was acting like a kindergartner, then Hinch was acting like a preschooler. Shouldn’t Hinch be held to some level of professionalism too, dude?

  2. August 9, 2009 4:55 pm

    Yeah, he should. But this isn’t “Whiny Managers”. And one of the unwritten rules of the game is that when the umpire screws up, he has to take a little abuse from the manager. Crawford was awfully quick on the trigger; maybe Hinch said the Magic Word.

  3. Grst permalink
    August 9, 2009 5:50 pm

    @1 Hinch is paid to stick up for his team and try to win. Crawford is paid to be an umpire. The former sometimes requires a little arguing while the later only requires taking it.

    Crawford, after making an obviously bad call, did what so many umps are wont to do: he went on offense to cover his ass. It was completely out of line.

  4. August 9, 2009 6:35 pm

    It’s past time for MLB to propose a mandatory retirement age for umpires in the next round of bargaining. Have them retire at 55, and let them go on *senior status* similar to what judges do (they can work as vacation umpires).

  5. Redsauce permalink
    August 9, 2009 7:12 pm

    I have a host of bad umpiring from the Sox/Yankees game on Saturday.
    How about Ramon Ramirez getting tossed randomly in the Sox/Yankees game for hitting Arod? No warning, nothing.
    And the situation was clearly not one where you wanted to intentionally hit someone. The bullpen was decimated the night before with few people who could pitch. Bottom of the 7th, down by two with a man on first and one out. Horrible call by the umpire, who was also inconsistent all day long with the strike zone. And no replay on the Jeter home run? It was legit on the replay, but certainly close. The whole day fit the title of this blog.

  6. Grst permalink
    August 9, 2009 9:10 pm

    Throwing out pitchers for hitting players is a problem that goes beyond just umps. MLB in general has decided that it is no longer sufficient for players to police this within the game (though they are more than capable), and so have condoned and even encouraged increasing umpire intervention. It’s a bad policy all the way to the top.

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