Seriously, there must be some form of punishment for umpire Jerry Layne.
He made a, let’s be kind and call it “questionable” call on a ball four pitch. It was the second inning of the A’s and Indians game in Cleveland. Oakland pitcher Scott Kazmir reacted to the pitch.
Virtually no time passed between ball four and Layne throwing out Scott Kazmir.
The A’s had to go to the bullpen in the second inning because wittle Jerry’s feelings got hurt. I don’t care if Kazmir launched into a combination of profane words that even George Carlin would not approve of, you do not affect a game life that if you are an umpire.
If you want to warn someone, fine. Otherwise, turn your back. Dust off the plate. Do something other than taking over the game.
There was not enough to between the pitch and the ejection for Kazmir to do anything worthy of the heave ho. Hell, his pants were still on. And even if he did moon Jerry Layne, it was early enough in the game to say “Kazmir… next time the pants come down, you are gone.”
The real message has to go to the umpire. Your job is to make calls and keep the game under control, not take it over.
And when someone like Layne steps over the line, there needs to be a punishment.
Now the A’s did indeed win the game, but that is beside the point. It isn’t the umpire’s job to take over the game.
Plus the fact that Layne would NOT toss manager Bob Melvin speaks volumes about the face that Layne knows he was wrong.
Let’s get to the updated Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.
An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.
GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
21 Dodged Bullets 12 Teeth Grinders
TOTAL: + 9
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Despite Jerry Layne’s best efforts to sabotage the game for the A’s and ejecting Scott Kazmir, Oakland came back. Josh Donaldson’s bat led the way to the 6-2 win in Cleveland. DODGED BULLET
14 Dodged Bullets 14 Teeth Grinders
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
14 Dodged Bullets 15 Teeth Grinders
Full slate of games tomorrow. Hopefully I won’t remember a single umpire.