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Thursday, April 04, 2019

Umpire Ron Kulpa threw a tantrum in the Astros-Rangers game

Home plate umpire Ron Kulpa didn’t take too kindly to complaining from the Astros’ dugout after missing a couple of calls early in Wednesday’s game between the Astros and Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Kulpa first missed a very obvious strike from starter Gerrit Cole against Joey Gallo in the bottom of the first inning. The pitch, which would have been strike three for the final out of the inning, was so obviously a strike that Cole was already walking off the mound towards the dugout.

*Considers making obvious pun; decides it isn’t worth it*

QLE Posted: April 04, 2019 at 05:34 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bad calls, ron kulpa, tantrums, umpiring

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   1. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: April 04, 2019 at 07:55 AM (#5828458)
Watched the videos. Absolutely bizarre behavior.
   2. TDF, trained monkey Posted: April 04, 2019 at 08:18 AM (#5828462)
Awful. Here's a video of the ejections.

Earlier, apparently (because Hinch was still in the game) Kulpa did this.
   3. PreservedFish Posted: April 04, 2019 at 08:35 AM (#5828469)
Have you ever, in your entire life, had a screaming argument with someone the way that umpires and managers do, with faces about 6 inches apart? I have not.
   4. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: April 04, 2019 at 08:37 AM (#5828471)
I had one when I was 15 and umpiring a 12 year old travel game.

I don't think I've had that level of argument but I've definitely gotten heated with people. I'm not proud of it but it has happened.
   5. Lassus Posted: April 04, 2019 at 08:44 AM (#5828474)
Have you ever, in your entire life, had a screaming argument with someone the way that umpires and managers do, with faces about 6 inches apart?

They are practically fetish videos.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 04, 2019 at 08:48 AM (#5828478)
Why does he still have a job? There's no shortage of people who want to be umpires and can maintain at least a veneer of professionalism.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: April 04, 2019 at 08:48 AM (#5828479)
I had one when I was 15 and umpiring a 12 year old travel game.


So you did once, but it was while you were an umpire? Maybe this proves that there's something unique about the situation that creates this strange behavior.
   8. Davo Posted: April 04, 2019 at 08:55 AM (#5828482)
We all have bad days.
   9. . Posted: April 04, 2019 at 09:08 AM (#5828485)
Commented on the number of ###### up balls and strikes a couple days ago, and it just looks and is entirely out of place in the 21st century sports market. There's nothing quirky or charming about it, no it isn't another example of Baseball Exceptionalism please stop, and it needs immediate remedy.

   10. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 04, 2019 at 10:06 AM (#5828503)
In Kulpa's defense - Cole was pissed at him at one point because Kulpa limited his warm up throws...after Cole was late getting to the mound to start the inning. That is a good thing. Umps *should* enforce pace of play rules.
   11. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 04, 2019 at 10:14 AM (#5828506)
Have you ever, in your entire life, had a screaming argument with someone the way that umpires and managers do, with faces about 6 inches apart? I have not.

Have you ever been married? To my ex in particular?
   12. bfan Posted: April 04, 2019 at 11:04 AM (#5828524)
The pitch, which would have been strike three for the final out of the inning, was so obviously a strike that Cole was already walking off the mound towards the dugout.


Okay, so the next time a batter leaves the batter's box and heads to first because he thinks it is ball 4, that automatically becomes ball 4? Because I know for certain that batters never do that to influence the call (or the next call), and that batters are never wrong.
   13. SoSH U at work Posted: April 04, 2019 at 11:08 AM (#5828526)
Okay, so the next time a batter leaves the batter's box and heads to first because he thinks it is ball 4, that automatically becomes ball 4? Because I know for certain that batters never do that to influence the call (or the next call), and that batters are never wrong.


Yeah. I was expecting to read that the batter was already walking back to the dugout. That's when you know the call is blown.


   14. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: April 04, 2019 at 11:13 AM (#5828530)
Have you ever been married? To my ex in particular?


The answer to this question could get pretty awkward.
   15. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: April 04, 2019 at 12:21 PM (#5828558)
The home plate ump for the Brewers-Reds game Tuesday night was a disaster and I was really surprised that nobody on either team was even looking back at the ump on some of the calls which were just ridiculous. Then in the post-game one of the reporters asked one of the Brewers about the zone and he started to say that this ump didn't respond well to feedback and then sort of stopped and stared. Then took the next question. I then looked up the home plate umpire who was Laz Diaz who if you google where after the wikipedia page are articles about Diaz picking a fight with Bryce Harper or how Diaz is terrible.
   16. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: April 04, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5828563)
In Kulpa's defense - Cole was pissed at him at one point because Kulpa limited his warm up throws...after Cole was late getting to the mound to start the inning. That is a good thing. Umps *should* enforce pace of play rules.
Right. And this is the kind of thing that needs to be remembered every time people shriek that "the umps should just enforce the rules!!!" and all pace of play issues would be resolved. There are plenty of umpire issues -- unnecessary aggression/escalation and poor performance on calls -- that are purely on them. But rule enforcement on things that haven't been enforced before needs buy-in from everyone to work.

The book "As They See 'Em" by Bruce Weber about a decade ago really opened my eyes to just how hard umpiring is, both the visual/auditory/physical aspect and the people management/authority aspects.
   17. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 04, 2019 at 01:26 PM (#5828587)
But rule enforcement on things that haven't been enforced before needs buy-in from everyone to work.

If there are rules on the books, and the umps will enforce it, and the league backs them 100%, you actual don't need buy in from anyone else.

Pitcher doesn't deliver ball in 12 seconds, ball 1. He starts to argue that call, eject him, and suspend him for 5 days w/o pay. The players will conform very quickly.
   18. A triple short of the cycle Posted: April 04, 2019 at 04:52 PM (#5828677)
Maybe this proves that there's something unique about the situation that creates this strange behavior.

See: Stanford Prison Experiment.
   19. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 04, 2019 at 04:55 PM (#5828678)
See: Stanford Prison Experiment.

That's been heavily debunked. The people running the experiment went out of their way to encourage cruelty by the "guards". The whole think was a set-up.
   20. Bote Man Posted: April 05, 2019 at 10:12 AM (#5828844)
So... no mea Kulpa???
   21. Brian Posted: April 05, 2019 at 10:54 AM (#5828858)
The reason it only happens in umpire situations is because of the consequences of breaking the rule against physical violence. In real life if two guys get that worked up and are in each others faces somebody is going to throw a punch. Or at least push the other guy away.
   22. Spahn Insane Posted: April 05, 2019 at 12:29 PM (#5828907)
AJ Hinch and his ilk are totally spoiling my enjoyment of the game, by hurting the feelings of the Ron Kulpas of the world, who, let's face it, are the only reason I watch.
   23. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: April 06, 2019 at 12:41 AM (#5829145)
As They See 'Em is one of my favorite baseball books. Really a tremendous read.
   24. Sunday silence Posted: April 06, 2019 at 11:23 AM (#5829168)
I really love seeing the human element playing out in blown calls and egomaniacal umps.
   25. phredbird Posted: April 06, 2019 at 05:33 PM (#5829226)

Have you ever, in your entire life, had a screaming argument with someone the way that umpires and managers do, with faces about 6 inches apart? I have not.

Have you ever been married?


*quietly decides not to start going into past history*

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