Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/30/14
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie went nuts after a called third strike tonight. The pitch was pretty far off the plate, and Lawrie was completely in the right for being pissed off about the call. But then, he spiked his helmet...and the helmet hit home plate umpire Bill Miller. Not good. Lawrie will likely face a suspension for that one. The situation that the call was made in was absolutely terrible for Lawrie and the Blue Jays, in the bottom of the ninth inning with one out in a one run game. If Lawrie got on base, the Blue Jays would have had at least a hope at a rally. Things eventually got worse (somehow) in Toronto, as a fan threw a beer at Miller as the umpires were exciting the field after the game. Really? I mean, really Toronto? What a disastrous situation all-around. And of course, after the game, Miller and the umpires refused comment multiple times. What a mess. [h/t: Cork Gaines, Drunk Jays Fans] [follow]
13 Comments:
  • Umpire Bill Miller continues to get worse! This video clearly shows that he went way beyond "bad judgement" in the 2 (not 1, but 2!!) strike calls against Lawrie. The helmet hitting Miller was clearly incidental, but will and should draw a suspension nonetheless. However, Miller should also be held accountable, and suspended for at least a game or two without pay.
  • I am not a Blue Jays fan, but fair is fair. Miller made one of the worst calls I have ever seen on the called second strike. Then he followed it with a very marginal called third strike. No excuses for Lawrie, but Miller also needs some counseling (if he let his emotions taint his job) or he is in dire need of glasses or he needs some big time education on the strike zone. Better yet, toss Miller out of the game; there are way better umps in the minors than him that would love to move up. He absolutely does not deserve to be at this level!
  • Don't get me wrong....you can't throw the helmet and a suspension is warranted for Lawrie, as is an arrest for the nimrod who heaves the beer at Miller after the game. However, Miller's long track record as one of the most inept umpires currently between the lines is long overdue for action by MLB. This guy has been a problem for a long time. Those pitches weren't close to the plate....and Miller regularly blows calls in every area on which an ump should be judged. To blow those calls in the ninth in a close game should be the final straw. He needs to go.
  • THe 'human factor' in officiating is what makes the game what it is: a game. WHat do we want, a sport where everything is reviewed (like in the NFL)? C'mon, swing the bat, play ball! Maybe if, when in doubt, umps would call strikes instead of balls it wouldn't be the world's most boring sport to watch on TV. Lawrie should be suspended for the season.

  • You are an idiot.

  • Good commentary. I agree.
  • Miller is the worst umpire but wait why cant they call the true strike zone to start with? Make it a hitters game like it should be and anything close you better be swinging. That would take all the bull out of it. Lawrie just had emotion for the game and anybody who has played the game and loved it knows what I am talking about. You just want to try and be the best but your emotions do get inthe way. We are all human. It was an accident that it hit the umpire but to suspend him, no way,where were the comments went alomar spat on the umpire now there is a guy who should have been kicked out of baseball period.
  • Ump is a disgrace. Two deliberate bad calls to wind the kid up. No thought to the integrity of the game. Now the rest of these pompous asses will continue to make deliberate bad calls against Lawrie to support that idiot Miller.I say, probation for these type of umpires. First sign of trying to screw a team or player, ump is on carpet.
  • Why are so few comments here constructive? It would appear you do not have umpiring experience. Accountabiity is appropriate but your approach is neither reasonable nor workable. MLB umpires are evaluated regularly and it takes talent to get to that level in the first place. That does not mean each MLB umpire is able to maintain that level. That is an issue for MLB in the general sense. You cannot have any umpire taking the field worried about something as amorphous as "first sign of trying to screw a team or player, ump is called on the carpet."
  • I would love to see someone who don't give a **** about getting suspended just pick up a baseball bat and beat the living hell out of an umpire. This is one of my all time favorite wishes to see. Just one time. Maybe that will wake the umpires up and start making the calls right. If I'd been there, I would have thrown more than a beer at Miller for making such a bad call.
  • It's people like you that make civilized fans stay away from professional sporting events. Violence isn't a solutiion; it's the reaction of a small mind that doesn't grasp the concept of the term "sport". You'd probably like to see the game played by robots so there'd never be a call you disagree with. Get some counseling before you hurt somebody.
  • IT'S A GAME AND YOU WANT TO SEE BLOOD? PEOPLE LIKE YOU NEED METAL HELP, STOP BEING A SPORTS FAN YOU SOUND LIKE A SORE LOOSER.
  • Lawrie is a player, not an umpire. Instead of acting like a professional athlete, he chose to act like a street punk. There are civilized ways to complain about the calls of an umpire. That's the coach's job. As for throwing beer on the ump, that's just low class, low life, low I.Q. idiocy that brings shame to the city.
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