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Brett Lawrie’s thrown helmet hits umpire, suspension likely (Video)

Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie went overboard on an umpire during Tuesday’s game and can expect a suspension because of it. Lawrie was upset about being called out on strikes by homeplate umpire Bill Miller on a pitch he thought was up in the zone. Lawrie began heading to first for what he thought was ball four, but he snapped after hearing Miller say it was the third strike. Lawrie went crazy and chucked his helmet into the ground, right at the umpire’s feet. He was immediately ejected and can expect a suspension from MLB for the incident.

Lawrie defended himself after the game, and apologized for his actions.

“That was not my intention at all,” Lawrie said. “I’ve never, ever done anything to go at an umpire before in my life, and I didn’t mean to tonight. I apologize for that.

“It’s just my passion for the game,” he said. “I wanted to help my teammates out as best I could. That’s the pride I have in this game. I leave my emotions out on the field.”

Miller filed a report with MLB after the game, and said Lawrie went too far.

“Upon seeing that he was ejected, he took several steps toward me and fired his helmet. It hit me in the right hip,” Miller said.

“That’s a bit extreme,” Miller said.

As if being hit by a helmet wasn’t bad enough, a Jays fan threw a drink at Miller after the game:

As we’ve seen in the past, baseball leagues take great measures to protect their umpires. Yorvit Torrealba was suspended 66 games by the Venezuelan League for pushing an umpire during a game. Delmon Young got a 50-game suspension for throwing his bat at an umpire during a minor league game. Lawrie can expect a suspension as well.

H/T Jimmy Traina, Drunk Jays Fans



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  • Anonymous

    That cop and security have no idea what they’re doing walking him out. It took me 2 years to slap it into the heads of our security. When you are doing that, always be looking up at the crowd, always be close enough to knock any objects away. 

  • Anonymous

    That called three strike was clearly a BALL! 

    That ump is more crooked than Earl Hebner.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares, it was probably water since no one actually has beer left in the 9th.  Cop probably thought he deserved it too.  Lawrie gets 3 since it was definitely not intentional and the ump showed a complete lack of professionalism and integrity by calling the 3rd strike out of spite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Fitch/1483855549 Kevin Fitch

    Wow….The umpiring has just been plain horrible this year.Why can’t they just eliminate the balls and strikes being called by an umpire and let foxtrack make all the balls and strikes calls? Kinda like they do in tennis.I’m tired of seeing bad umps ruin a game.

  • Ryan Collins

    Um, you realize that there are still tennis umpires, right? Those cyclops are for challenging calls, a la instant replay. Now if you’re saying they could use foxtrack as sort of a backup for challenging called strikes, thats an idea, but there is a limit to the amount of times you can do that in tennis.

  • Anonymous

    First off…Lawrie went overboard-certainly did not mean to hit him, but nonetheless too much. 

    The whole issue was made by an umpire who felt slighted that Lawrie decided that  a pitch-WHICH WAS CLEARLY A BALL-made the call ahead of his almighty word, and proceeded to first.  Miller didn’t like that, and I think if Lawrie stood there, he might have called it a ball.  Instead, he took it upon himself to interject into the game and teach Lawrie a lesson.  If you watch the play, Lawrie did not intend to show him up, as it was a high level situation in the ninth, he didn’t flick the bat, he just went down to first in the manner that he always does.  Make no mistake that Miller’s intent on the next 3-2 pitch was to call anything a strike to prove his point further.  This is one of the most unprofessional, self absorbed actions I have seen that will be added to the heap of umpire misconducts.  In the last number of years umpires have LOOKED for conflicts, and in this case even invited it because theyty are never made accountable.  The MLB must make these ego maniacs accountable.  Good umpiring happens when it is never discussed.  Wake UP MLB

  • Anonymous

    Here’s another thing to consider: If this was at Yankee stadium or Fenway and the batter was Jeter or A Gon, a walk would have been issued.  Guaranteed!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FDUUHPHGEDTMLTGMRJK46LW45E Jon

    Suspend the HP Ump for blatant incompetence.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4YUQY4RECPTJZP2IROX34CALHE Dennis

    It’s only the middle of May. Home plate umpire is still in spring season form.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PPG76PPVEKB2UXJA3JTFHN2N3E Blake

    Pehaps the maturity, or lack thereof, of Umpire Bill Miller (who is much older in age than Lowrie) also warrants discussion.

    I do not believe his calls were merely the result of incompetence.The man allowed his ego to get in the way of the strike zone.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MSYFS4PTSP4PH7ZNF5FMXCZO24 Yvette

    There is truth in everyones statements, I believe that the umpires need to have checks and balances’ in place.  The past few years it seems that they aren’t able to seperate them seleves from the teams that they like.  Their egos are definately getting in the way.  I believe that Baseball is one of the few professional franchises that leaves it to human error and egos to officiate the games.  Its time to move into the the 21st century.  We would all like to leave it the way it was but times have changed and so have people.  it is harder and harder to find people who can trully be bias.