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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Postgame: Royals’ starter ejected, said umpire “was after me personally”

  Royals pitcher Mike Montgomery was ejected for arguing about balls and strikes on Friday, crew chief Sam Holbrook said. But Montgomery would take exception to that — it wasn’t the calls that made him mad, it was home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez’s intent.

  “I felt like he was after me personally, and the team,” Montgomery said after a fifth-inning argument with Gonzalez wound up costing him his first career ejection. “He had a bad day. What really just [made me mad] was, he was intentionally trying to screw me over.”

  Montgomery, a five-year veteran who was traded from the Cubs to Kansas City in July, had been complaining about Gonzalez’s strike zone for much of the game, but it boiled over when Mitch Garver led off the fifth inning with a home run. Gonzalez called a couple of low curveballs that might have nicked the strike zone balls, and Garver eventually worked the count to 3-2 by fouling off a fastball. He was was lying in wait for the next one.

  “He threw me a fastball, and I was extremely late. I think that kind of played into my hand,” Garver said. “So then I was sitting dead red, right down the middle, and got it.”

So, if we do go to robot umpires, how long before the pitchers start getting paranoid about them too?

 

QLE Posted: September 21, 2019 at 12:07 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: mike montgomery, robot umpires, strike zone, umpires

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   1. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 21, 2019 at 10:39 AM (#5881484)
What should the consequences be? Maybe we don’t need umpires calling balls and strikes, Montgomery suggested.

“He was giving me that look like, ‘I’m going to [mess with] you.’ I don’t think umpires should have that right,” the pitcher said. “They have to be objective, and if they can’t be, I hate to say it, we need to go to automated zones. I’ve never been one to advocate that. But it’s definitely something for the league to consider.”


You buried the lede. This is a pro-robot player.

   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2019 at 11:33 AM (#5881501)
I find it highly unlikely that any ump has strong personal feelings about Mike Montgomery, positive or negative.
   3. Lassus Posted: September 21, 2019 at 11:49 AM (#5881505)
For fuck's sake, Montgomery, go break into reality television, they love all this bullshit paranoid self-important whining.
“He was giving me that look like, ‘I’m going to [mess with] you.’
Quick, what number am I thinking? What horseshit.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2019 at 11:55 AM (#5881508)
“He was giving me that look like, ‘I’m going to [mess with] you.’


The look was probably "Throw the ***ing ball meat (whoever you are), I've got dinner reservations."
   5. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 21, 2019 at 02:00 PM (#5881552)
The time of the game was 3 hours even. That must've been one starving umpire.
   6. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: September 21, 2019 at 06:41 PM (#5881722)
I dunno, you guys remember Hohn throwing out half the braves that one time? That started because he seemed to be holding a grudge against Eric O'Flaherty for over a season.
   7. Sweatpants Posted: September 21, 2019 at 10:14 PM (#5881780)
Then later that season he fist-bumped the Marlins' catcher after they beat the Braves (in a game in which he ejected Bobby Cox because he heard someone in the dugout giving him crap, but he couldn't tell who it was).

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