MLB Suspends Umpire For One Game

Major League Baseball has handed down a one game suspension to umpire Bob Davidson for “repeated violations of Commissioner’s Office standards for situation handling.”

The timing of the suspension, the first of which I can remember since Mike Winters was suspended for the Milton Bradley incident, is curious given the outrage that Brett Lawrie’s … uh … outrage caused earlier this week on questionable strike two and three calls from umpire Bill Miller after the young third baseman began his trot to first base before the veteran ump had made a call for ball four.

However, Lawrie’s (allegedly) Red Bull induced temper tantrum only served to hog the spotlight from another umpire being umpire incident that occurred this week between the aforementioned Davidson and Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.

I’m not a professional lip reader, but it appears from the clip above that Davidson has an affinity for the phrase, “Fuck you, Charlie.” If that isn’t enough, this is the umpire that once threw the beloved Montreal Expos mascot Youppi out of a game.

Davidson has a reputation for his short tempter, and it’s further evidenced by his high ejection rate which is more than two times the league average. Other than his lack anger management skills, the umpire is also known for his proficiency in calling subjective balks, which while maddening for pitchers, did lead to this hilarious tweet.

On the good side, Davidson did admit he was wrong one time, merely saying, “I fucked it up,” which in my mind, at least, is an entirely reasonable excuse from time to time.

From BrooksBaseball.net, here are Davidson’s strike zones vs. right handed and left handed batters:

RHB:

LHB:

Despite my anti-robot umpire (but pro-robocop umpire) stance, I think it’s good that umpire’s are held accountable, not just for the calls they make, but their behaviour in dealing with confrontations, as this suspension seems to be for.

But of course, in the interest of full disclosure, I’ve always had an axe to grind against Davidson, because of this:

Charlie Manuel was also suspended for one game due to his tirade.

Comments (19)

  1. Did Devon White invent the humble brag in that video? Amazing.

  2. Davidson’s also the one who arbitrarily decided Yunel Escobar’s routine baserunning in the 14th inning of that game agains the Angels last year was “interference” even though he didn’t come close to touching anyone at any point. It’s basically the singular reason that the Blue Jays didn’t win the World Series last year.

    (okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch)

  3. can’t stand Davidson. worst offender in the game!

    • After reading this comment, Joe West was seen waving his arms in the air and shouting “ooh me!! look at me! pay attention to meeeeeeee!!!”

  4. My 5 Worst Umpires:

    5. Bill Hohn
    4. C.B. Bucknor
    3. Angel Hernandez
    2. Bob Davidson
    1. Joe West

  5. Amazing play, too bad it didn’t get called properly. I hadn’t noticed this before but Gruber shouldn’t have even been diving for him there: a rundown properly executed would have been 1st to 3rd, get the runner turned around, then throw to 2nd and tag him out or keep him in that rundown but if you look at the video,in all that mayhem, there wasn’t anyone standing on second base for Gruber to throw to: the outfielders are arriving late at the bag at the same time as the runner and the shortstop is standing next to the runner instead of retreating to second base.

    • Isn’t that runner, I can’t remember who it was, automatically out for passing Sanders on the base paths? I hadn’t noticed that before. But without the throw to first, Sanders doesn’t try to go to third, so …

      • i believe it was Pendleton; he was automatically out but the defensive players did not clue into this.

      • Not quite what I’m talking about Parkes, after the rundown begins (throw from 1st to 3rd), there should be somebody standing on second to receive Gruber’s throw and keep the runner (that Gruber eventually dives and tags) from returning to second safely.

  6. “after the young third baseman began his trot to first base before the veteran ump had made a call for ball four”

    Took you long enough. Where was this a few days ago? Finally starting to get it, are we?

  7. I seem to remember looking up this Davidson clown’s fuck-ups after the ridiculous Escobar interference call last year (mentioned by Ty), and I think he’s the same ump who had a FAN thrown out of a stadium for heckling him…is that right, or is there another equally assholish ump out there? (too lazy to look it up again)

  8. If a few more of these guys were suspended maybe they would be a little less God like

  9. If you watch the mlb.com video of the Davidson & Manuel event, you can hear Davidson very clearly shouting “You think I wanted to block his ass? What the hell you yelling at?” I can’t make out all of the next audible statement a few seconds later, but the term “f—ing” is clearly audible, shortly before he tosses Manuel.

    You take those audible parts out of the television coverage (in other words, Davidson shouts from somewhere that is not so close to the on-field microphone), and my guess is only Manuel gets the suspension.

    Which is good because it publicly exposes Davidson’s brutal on-field personal skills, but it also looks like justice by necessity in this case. MLB will go easy on umpires who more discreetly swear at and insult players and managers, which is unfortunate.

  10. Good, the guy’s a dick and he should get the hell out of the way. Funny how nobody ever gets between the managers and the umpires in those situations and still most of the time they don’t hit each other. Talk about restraint, I would have head butted him as soon as he tried to put his fuckin nose in my face……..Fuckin dick! Next time he should just ” LIGHT THE CANDLE! “

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