Daytona Cubs music intern Derek Dye ejected by umpire for playing ‘Three Blind Mice’

We knew umpires could be a sensitive bunch, but who knew they were this sensitive?

Home plate umpire Mario Seneca ejected two members of the Daytona Cubs (Single-A Cubs) staff on Wednesday night after the nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice” played over the stadium’s sound system following a questionable call.

MLB.com’s Danny Wild described the scene at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona:

After a questionable play at first base, [Cubs manager Brian] Harper argued the call with infield umpire Ramon Hernandez. Daytona first baseman Taylor Davis appeared to pick a ball in the dirt thrown by shortstop Tim Saunders, but it came out of his glove when he turned to toss it around the infield. Hernandez ruled Davis had bobbled the ball rather than dropping it on the transfer and declared Fort Myers’ Andy Leer safe.

Cubs music intern Derek Dye then played the nursery rhyme, prompting a harsh reaction from the umpire, who reportedly pointed at the press box and shouted “You’re done!” to Dye and the team’s public address announcer. He also ordered the team to stop playing music for the rest of the game.

Dye is worried that Seneca will be umpiring Thursday’s game, but he seems to be taking the whole situation well:

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Three umpires get in separate arguments at once during Brewers-Nationals game (Video)

Umpires argue with managers and players all the time. It happens every day in the majors, but very rarely do we see an instance where multiple umpires are engaged in entirely separate arguments simultaneously. On Sunday, three of the guys in blue found themselves arguing separate calls at the same time.

With the bases loaded and the Brewers leading the Nationals 3-2, Milwuakee’s Norichika Aoki dropped down a squeeze bunt that was picked up by Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez’s throw to first nearly pulled Steve Lombardozzi off the bag, but the replay showed he was able to maintain contact long enough to get the out. The ump called the runner safe, and that’s where argument number one began.

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Umpire Mike DiMuro blows call on Dewayne Wise dropped fly ball (Video)

Umpire Mike DiMuro made one of the worst calls of the MLB season on Tuesday when he ruled that Yankees outfielder Dewayne Wise caught a fly ball that he clearly dropped.

Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan was batting in the seventh and sent a ball down the left field line. Wise tracked the ball and fell into the stands trying to make the catch. Though the ball came out of his glove, DiMuro ruled it an out.

Wise wasn’t complaining about the call.

“I’m not going to argue with him,” Wise said, according to Bombers Beat. “It was a tough angle for him. Stuff like that happens. They’re not perfect. He said, ‘Out,’ right away, so what was I supposed to do? Run back to left field? I ran off the field.”

Hannahan actually was ejected in the 8th for telling DiMuro to take a look at the replay. DiMuro eventually did, and admitted he was wrong after the game.

“I went out on the ball and saw the ball into his glove in his stands. He disappeared into the stands and I believed that the ball was in his glove,” he told a pool reporter, per The Star-Ledger.

“Now that I see the tape it’s obvious that the ball fell out of his glove. In hindsight, I should have asked him to show me the ball since he fell into the stands and out of my line of vision.”

I still think Tim Welke’s blown call was worse, but this was pretty darn bad.

Time to finally add instant replay, MLB? I’d say so.

Carlos Santana called safe on horrible call by umpire Jim Wolf (Video)

Fortunately for umpire Jim Wolf, this play was not made at a crucial point during a close game. Otherwise, we would likely be talking about it for the remainder of the season. During the seventh inning of the Reds-Indians game on Thursday night, Carlos Santana was forced out at second base after a chopper was hit to Joey Votto at first. Votto made a poor throw, but Cincinnati shortstop Zach Cozart corralled it in plenty of time to get Santana. By plenty of time, we mean Santana was out by a solid three steps.

Dusty Baker came out to argue, but this isn’t a call that can be reversed with the current rules. Normally we would take this opportunity to talk about how this highlights baseball’s need for instant replay, but this is inexcusable regardless. Wolf was literally staring right at the play. His hesitation seemed to indicate he was unsure, but I don’t even know how you can be sure about a play like that. Unlike the blown call that preserved Johan Santana’s no-hitter, Wolf won’t live in infamy because of his miscue. That doesn’t make it any less disturbing.

H/T Big League Stew

Nationals hosed on bad call at plate against Yankees, lose game (Picture)

The Nationals lost to the Yankees 5-3 in 14 innings on Saturday, and a bad call by the home plate umpire helped make it possible.

The game was tied at 3 when Tyler Moore was called out at the plate to end the 8th inning. Moore was trying to score from second on a single to right by Adam LaRoche. Though he clearly beat the throw and tag as the image above shows (with room to spare), home plate umpire Tim Timmons called Moore out.

The game went scoreless for the next five innings until the Yankees finally scored two on a Mark Teixeira double. The bad call by Timmons took away what should have been the lead for Washington and helped give the Yanks the game.

What’s that you say? Another argument for instant replay? Don’t we know it. The only good news for Timmons is that at least his missed call wasn’t the worst of the season. This was. But that was pretty bad, and it potentially robbed the Nats of a win.

Russell Martin angry with umpire Laz Diaz for not letting him throw new balls back to the mound

Anyone who watches baseball knows that certain umpires have certain tendencies. Some guys are animated about called third strikes whereas others are probably more excited about standing in line at a wake than they are about ringing a hitter up. After foul balls, some umpires like to throw a new ball to the pitcher and others would prefer the catcher to do it. MLB umpire Laz Diaz enjoys making the throws himself, whether Russell Martin likes it or not.

According to MLB.com’s Bombers Beat blog, Martin said Diaz would not allow him to throw new baseballs back to the mound during Wednesday night’s 6-5 win over the Angels. The Yankees catcher likes to throw the ball back as much as possible to keep his arm loose, but Diaz told him he has to “earn the privilege.” Apparently he wasn’t joking.

“At the end of the game, after I got hit in the neck (by a foul tip), I was like, ‘Can I throw the ball back now?'” Martin said. “He was like, still, ‘No.’ I was like, ‘You’re such a (jerk).’ Like, for real, unbelievable.”

Martin said he and Diaz argued about balls and strikes earlier in the game, so he wondered if Diaz was trying to bait him into saying something that could justify an ejection.

“I even told him, when there’s guys on base, I like to keep my arm loose,” Martin explained. “(He said,) ‘I’m not letting you throw a ball back.’ That’s pretty strange to me.”

Assuming Martin is telling the whole story, that seems completely uncalled for. I think an umpire wanting to get involved with the game by throwing balls back to the mound is great, but the player should be given the option if it helps keep his arm loose. Between this and the horrible call he made that cost the A’s a few weeks ago, Diaz is frustrating a number of players in the early part of the season.

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MLB suspends umpire Bob Davidson one game, likely because of this curse-filled argument with Charlie Manuel

Umpire Bob Davidson was suspended one game by MLB on Friday for “repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner’s standards for situation handling.” While Davidson has been at the center of several controversies and bad calls the past few seasons (outlined nicely by Hardball Talk), it likely was his horribly unprofessional behavior on Tuesday that led to the suspension.

Davidson got into an expletive-filled argument with manager Charlie Manuel during the 8th inning of the Phillies-Astros game on Tuesday. The sad thing is Davidson started it. Video of the incident below:

Manuel was also suspended a game, but it’s far more notable to see an umpire punished for his actions. You could clearly hear Davidson yell to Manuel “You think I wanted to block his ass? What the hell you yelling at?” after Manuel complained about the Davidson blocking catcher Brian Schneider from running down a dropped third strike.

Davidson’s behavior was completely unprofessional and it’s nice that MLB punished him for it. The development should be pleasing for several players; Davidson was voted 4th in a Sports Illustrated poll of worst umpires in MLB last year.