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Umpire puts himself first, tosses Wright and Murphy

David Wright and Daniel Murphy were ejected, while in the dugout, in the seventh inning after arguing the size of the strike zone.

Travis d’Arnaud was called out looking at strike three in the seventh, which set off Murphy and Wright from the first-base dugout.

“Everybody who watched the game knows, I don’t think I have to say anything else about it,” Murphy said (NY Post, Apr. 13).

“I’m not going to get into more trouble than I already am,” added Wright. “When something happens to one of us, it happens to all of us.”

The Mets struck out 11 times during the game, three of which were on called third strikes, including Wright and Murphy.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

This infuriates me. But, I’ll get to that in a second… The good news here is Wright and Murphy jumping in for d’Arnaud, who, as a young catcher, doesn’t need to get a reputation for second-guessing umpires. In looking back, Wright and Murphy – among others – were already worked up. Travis struck out, starting muttering under his breath – I’m sure they were choice comments for the umpire, who had been squeezing the Mets, but not d’Arnaud’s pitchers, all day – at which point Murphy and Wright apparently got loud.

I say, ‘apparently,’ because I couldn’t hear them. I was watching on TV, but I’m sure most fans at the ballpark also couldn’t hear their initial argument. Yet, the people who paid to watch the game ended up seeing two players from the opposing team get tossed. There were Mets fans at that game who probably paid to watch Wright, paid to watch Murphy, paid to watch big-league talent. Yet, because the ump’s fragile ego was hurt, these men were ejected. No one pays to see umpires pat themselves on the back. I’m fine if they want to toss a player for crossing a line, pushing, shoving, spitting in their face, throwing a silly tantrum that embarrasses the game to people watching from the stands or at home. But, the only people impacted by whining from the dugout are the players, coaches and umpire. Deal with it, ump. Or, better yet, call a fair game…




101 comments
KT
KT

I think you're way off base. This happens all the time. Wright was barking all game and the ump had enough. Sure the ump was miserable. I think the fans were more than happy to see 25 homers from the home team and i don't think they felt cheated by the ump ejecting 2 players from a sub-.500 bottom dwelling money ball joke of a team. And I'm a met fan. 

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

Two things. One, why are the players getting ejected. Where is the manager backing up his players. Bobby cox would get thrown out in the first inning backing his players on the strike zone.TC is horrible, where was he, with that stupid look and palms in the air. Leave it to the captain to back his team mates, was not shocked to see Murphy doing the same. Point two, I am a die hard mets fan, but your argument Cerrone is stupid. It's very clear in the rule book u can't argue balls and strikes. Leads right to ejection. How long u been watching the game?

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

The guy called a dreadful game, plain-and-simple. Doesn't MLB grade each game?  The odd thing is that he also DID NOT punch-out Andrew Brown TWICE on very similar pitches.

tw22
tw22

What's the point? The point is that kid behind the plate should be sent out on a rail and get his strike zone together in Triple A. He didn't give Colon the same strike zone, and the amount of below the knee strike calls versus the Mets was outrageous. When you force batters to swing outside of the strike zone you take them out of rhythm. Anyone who comments that Cerrone is off here or that the players should blame themselves doesn't know a damn thing about how the game is played and should shut the f*&k up and watch golf.

Nbefor Belair
Nbefor Belair

"The ump had been squeezing the Mets, but not d'Arnaud's pitchers, all day"...


What?  I think you have that backwards. When a pitcher is getting squeezed, the strike zone shrinks.  This was a case where the ump was expanding the zone. 

Thomas Stridiron
Thomas Stridiron

Once you start blaming the umps...well, I think you can figure it out from here.

Smoov 1
Smoov 1

TAKE IT DOWN !   your showing Bush league behavior by our CAPTAIN !!!!!!

Smoov 1
Smoov 1

watching this YOUR THE WORST Video is getting me angry...........................TAKE IT DOWN.....whats the point of it ??     Show the UMP!!!

Smoov 1
Smoov 1

When do we start pointing fingers at Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson.  We all know Collins was not dealt the proper hand but that does not mean he doesn't have the chips to get it done.  Why is Lagares batting below 5th in the order when he's our best hitter?  Why does Granderson keep batting behind Wright when he's not hitting ?  Bat Lagares 3rd and Wright 4th and hit Duda(our best homerun hitter) 5th until Grandersons bat comes around.......come on Collins   Stop reading into Stats too much and look at what you have......it s about rallys and runs.  Im thinking its the coaching. 

plzselltm
plzselltm

Rookie umpire from Georgia..Hmm. Believer in the chop?

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Missed the game but appreciate players and managers who provide timely outbursts ("timely" being probably a few times a season) to keep people honest. It also shows they are human. One thing though ... the game was gone at that point. Losing the stars then isn't quite the biggest sin -- chances are many teams would have took them out to play back-ups (at least one of them) anyway. 

Not the first time there was some questionable umpiring this young season & with the replay system leading to new umps, it won't be the last (toss in the usual suspects even w/o watering things down).  Sounds like it was a high point in an otherwise blah day (not for the first time on a Sunday this season) for Mets fans.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

Not sure exactly how, but this is somehow Jeff Wilpon's fault.

Edward Ayala Jr.
Edward Ayala Jr.

The rookie umpire who tossed Wright and Murphy had absolutely no clue of what a major league strike zone is. His balls and strike calls were horrible and to toss out 2 players while they were in the dugout was very unprofessional. This rookie umpire has a lot to learn and needs to go back to little league.

hashburry
hashburry

I am infuriated!!!!!  Really?  Guys get tossed for arguing from the dugout all the time.  Actually, it is more childish to hide in the dugout and yell at the umpire.  If you have something to say, say it on the field.  And I am sure if you were  a Met fan in the stands you were probably more disgusted with the team no show than not having Murphy and Wright around to K another time later in the game.


Duquette went through all the pitches that were called 3rd strikes after the game.  Some were borderline, and any ump in a game like that was going to call them strikes, a couple were clearly outside the zone, but since when is that such a shock?  D'Anard may have been frustrated by other calls but the one he and then Tejada were called out on were too close if not right there.  This ump didn't make himself part of the game, the Mets were riding him from the dugout and were ejected, like so many players and coaches are when the hide behind each other and yell.


Isn't this situation usually where you go all rah rah for the team and say what great fire they have and they were trying to fire up the team?  This could turn the season around!  Blah blah blah.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

I didn't get to see the game but watched the lowlights this morning....The Mets didn't lose because of bad umps.  It was hot in Anaheim, an afternoon game, and two of the Mets pitchers didn't have their best location and topped out at 89mph.   Not to mention because of the 2 extra inning games Colon was left out there to "take one for the team".  They got pretty well beat up.  However, that doesn't change the fact that the HP ump had WAY too many questionable called strikes throughout the game.


But here's what i really want to know...yes, they were getting blown out, and yes their hitting has been atrocious to start the season.  Does that mean they shouldn't have anything to say?  They should just shut up and take it with no vaseline because they're not a better team?  While the Mets had outs, they had a shot.  Whether any of us believed it or not, they had a shot.  And on at least 4 occasions i saw, the ump was taking that shot away.  


By the way...starting catcher can't say anything.  Because the minute he does, it won't matter how well d'Arnaud can frame a pitch.  He won't get another call.  Burns him, his pitcher and his team.  I don't mind Murph and Wright coming to his defense there.  As the 2 elder statesmen of the team (and seeing as one of them is the captain) who else was it supposed to come from?

WoodsideNative
WoodsideNative

What's terrible is this guy had a great game at first. Then behind the plate he had both teams disgusted with him. Still at that he would have been tolerable if he was consistent with both teams. 


Yu wonder sometimes how some of these guys get promoted to the bigs....but then again Angel Hernandez and that black guy who's name escapes me at the moment is still umping. 

Rich Towler
Rich Towler

Would love to see how Wally Backman would have handled this situation. Terry is embbarrassing

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

Where can we see the scheduling of the umpiring crew for games? And how ahead of time are they set up for games?

J A Hardfoot
J A Hardfoot

I don't know what it is but the Mets never get the same strike zone as their opponents.  Harrang's zone was absolutely ridiculous the other night and Mejia was squeezed constantly. This is typical for playing Atlanta, however...

bromancer
bromancer

Class act, that David Wright -- beating up on some AAA ump who makes 35K/year.

Andrew Garber
Andrew Garber

it's sad how many people are still crying about the umpire. swing the bats. the strike zone wasn't that bad I was watching all game. Adjust. Don't just be soft and cry. And they struck out SEVEN times looking, Cerrone.

Paul Duffy
Paul Duffy

We've seen our share of rookie umpires and bad calls to last us the rest of the year. Ridiculous.

Richie_Brienza
Richie_Brienza

Its sad because large strike zone or not they still would've done nothing at bat

greekgod
greekgod

Lets assume we have the top pitchers in baseball; how the hell is the team batting a measly .207 average going to hit for runs? And next year it will be the  same imo.

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

Am i the only one who finds its slightly ironic that Wright is saying your the worse with the 11-2 ticker right above him

Sal
Sal

That was a terrible strike zone, and another example of how awful and inconsistent major league umpires are.


That said, they gave up 14 runs.  They didn't lose because of a bad strike zone.  They lost because of bad pitching.


And if you argue balls and strikes enough, you get tossed.  That's how it has always been in baseball.  Not saying I like it - in fact I think it's stupid and petty.  But I don't think it was shocking that someone got tossed.

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

What we need are more teams.  Then we will have more incompetent umpires, not to mention the players who belong in the minors.

vandelay
vandelay

@hashburry  They did say it on the field too...when they were the ones on the field.  It's not "childish" to argue from the dugout.  Would've been kinda crazy for them to run out onto the field and then start arguing.  That would've been much more out of the ordinary.  


And not all the issues were just with called 3rd strikes... Wright argued a call in the middle of his AB earlier in the game... so Duquette's recap didn't cover everything.


Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@hashburry They said it on the field. Wright and Murphy were not on the field when D'Arnaud was called out on a strike.

absltuconn
absltuconn

@WoodsideNative I can't remember the pitcher, but he complained that his strike zone was being squeezed to Angel Hernandez, who replied with something along the lines of "You're not John Smoltz, you don't get that call."  Class act.


Edit - it was Angel and Paul Lo Duca: "When the umpire tells your pitcher, 'I'm going to give you a couple inches off the plate, but I'm not going to give you four, five inches because you're not John Smoltz,' I think I've got a little bit of a problem with that," said Lo Duca,

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Rich Towler Would have gotten himself tossed, and the team would have lost 14-1 because he would have bunted a runner over for an automatic out at some point probably costing the mets a run.


But the fireworks on his ejection would have been fun to watch.

cj1786
cj1786

@bromancer No he is a big league umpire now, making much much more than that, and he needs to be held accountable to big league standards now. 

Michael Jacoutot
Michael Jacoutot

@bromancer if he's in the bigs, he needs to be held accountable.  Wright was frustrated, coming off a long East-West swing and two extra innings games, followed by a day game.  Calling out his "class" is a joke, BRO. 

BTW, why didn't TC sit Granderson?  He's anemic against lefties, and obviously needed a break!

cj1786
cj1786

@Andrew Garber Your joking right?  Was this the first baseball game you have ever watched?  Both teams were complaining all game.  The Angels were just up big so it didn't blow up. 

owlnut
owlnut

@Sal  If you listened to the TV broadcast, you would have heard that many umpires who normally would have worked the game, were at a funeral for another umpire's family member. There were 3 rookie umps on the field, including the one behind home plate, who was really good at first base the night before. Obviously, he needs more seasoning to work behind the plate.

Thomas McKeever
Thomas McKeever

@Sal I think we've reached the point where balls and strikes need to be called by a computer instead of proud umpires making bad calls and sticking by them.

greekgod
greekgod

@Sal  Looks like you never played baseball in HS or college; when a hitter is up and the bad calls are  coming left and right yes you do get very upset. "Kill the Ump" come from heh?

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@pochemu @hashburryI wouldn't say there is an agenda, but he had a crazy strike zone all day. 


Colon was throwing meatballs, so wasn't like he was getting squeezed while the opposing pitcher had a big strike zone. 


Basically the inside strike zone (where colon doesn't live) was moving the whole game.